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

Conal Elliott conal at conal.net
Tue Feb 3 20:00:54 EST 2009

amen & amen!  thanks, achim.

On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 4:50 PM, Achim Schneider <barsoap at web.de> wrote:

> 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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