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Re: Bug#203498: ITP: decss -- utility for stripping CSS tags from an HTML page.

On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 06:56:53PM +0200, Marc 'HE' Brockschmidt wrote:
> Steve Langasek <vorlon@netexpress.net> writes:
> > On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 05:56:32PM +0200, Emile van Bergen wrote:
> >> >    I object to this ITP. Not very strongly, but I still object.
> >> I think it's a wonderful idea to have a decss package in Debian. If
> >> Debian cannot distribute the decss that allows Debian users to view DVD
> >> movies (yet), then distributing this one is a good alternative, I'd say.
> > You're clearly quite mad.  Regardless of whether this script is trivial
> > to implement, it's not something anyone should be encouraged to actually
> > *use*.  CSS is the *best* feature of the HTML4 standard.  Why would
> > anyone in their right mind wish to strip nearly all the logical
> > structure markup out of a document?

> *cough*

> CSS is *not* the "logical structure markup" of a html document. The main
> feature of HTML4/XHTML and CSS(|2|3) is the separation of structure and
> design (as you said): HTML should be used to structure content in a
> usable way (ie one can extract the given information from the document
> in every environment, with or without a CSS-capable display software)
> while CSS is used to create a wonderful world for salesdroids.

In addition to removing style tags, the DeCSS script removes class and 
id attributes.  Therefore, strictly speaking, not everything removed is
CSS; and much of it is likely to be logical markup.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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