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RE: Separating content from presentation

Umm.. gotta be picky.  XML like SGML isn't 
*designed* to do that.  One does that because 
as you say, it's good practice.  I am 
picky about it because otherwise, XHTML 
wouldn't exactly make sense.  Application 
languages are what XML and SGML are 
designed for designing.  People don't 
get that sometimes and we get all the 
religious nonsense.

There are problems of confusing abstraction 
for the sake of describing ever larger 
variations of applications and the simple 
technique of lossy downtranslation for 
the sake of presentation.  If one isn't 
careful, the More Meta Than Thou creep 
takes over and the abstractions result 
in ThingThatDoesNothing.  Too narrow 
and it is the ThingThatDoesEverythingBadly.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Al B. Snell [mailto:alaric@alaric-snell.com]

Yep, but people have been doing this for ages, and XML doesn't help or
hinder this at all. XML as a way of seperating content and presentation
started because it was designed to split Web pages into content and
presentation, it's nothing to do with having content generating code
seperating from presentation code - that's just good programming practice,
XML or no XML.