RE: Mein gott, Nelson was arguing for CSS
Wed, 10 Nov 1999 10:24:58 -0800

> -----Original Message-----
> From: James Tauber []
> At SGML/XML Asia Pacific 1998, I gave a presentation that responded to
> Nelson's article. I argued that parallel markup is indeed a good thing but
> largely for different reasons from those that Nelson argued. I then went
> to demonstrate how XPointer could be used to achieve the benefits of
> parallel markup.
> FWIW, the separation of presentation from structure/content predates both
> CSS and Nelson's article by about a quarter of a century.

What are you referring to as the predecessor?

This could make for a pretty interesting FoRK one-up-mathon: what is the
earliest identifiable recognition of the value of separating content from
presentation? Here "recognition" could be either explicit, in words, or
implicit, by systematic use.