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

On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 04:41:37PM -0400, Evan Prodromou wrote:
> >>>>> "SL" == Steve Langasek <vorlon@netexpress.net> writes:

>     SL> If the intent is *only* as a political tool, I would agree
>     SL> that this decss program achieves its aims fairly effectively;
>     SL> but it is in no way a useful piece of *software*, which is
>     SL> what Emile seems to be arguing by disagreeing that it's
>     SL> trivial to implement.  The question then is whether we want to
>     SL> include programs in Debian which are useful only as something
>     SL> other than software.

> So, I'm the upstream author of Pigdog DeCSS
> (http://www.pigdog.org/decss/), and I have received numerous emails
> from people who actually use it for stripping cascading stylesheet
> info from HTML pages.

> So, unfortunately, it's not 100% useless.

For any stupid thing chosen at random, you'll find at least 5 people on
the Internet who thinks it's a good idea.  (Perhaps we could call this
the "simian input phenomenon".)  As a result, the existence of users is
not in itself evidence that something is useful.

Since you're the upstream author, I'll ask:  have you ever actually used
this script yourself?  If so... why? :)  (And is the stripping of
class/id attributes a bug?)

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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