[Haskell-cafe] Re: Elegant & powerful replacement for CSS

Achim Schneider barsoap at web.de
Tue Feb 3 19:50:38 EST 2009

Conal Elliott <conal at conal.net> wrote:

> [Spin-off from the haskell-cafe discussion on functional/denotational
> GUI toolkits]
> I've been wondering for a while now what a well-designed alternative
> to CSS could be, where well-designed would mean consistent,
> composable, orthogonal, functional, based on an elegantly compelling
> semantic model (denotational).
I think a very important thing to keep in mind while investigating
web-technologies for pointers is that Haskell already comes with XML
and XSLT (in the disguise of ADT's and functions), and that CSS is
often abused for operations that are in the domain of XSLT.

I don't believe that it's possible to draw a clear destinction between
"concerns the programmer" and "concerns the designer". In fact, I get
offended by the notion that I'm inherently incapable of distinguishing
readable from unreadable text, and think that the notion of designers
being unable to do anything but assembling a colourful collage of the
data they're given is more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than a truth.

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