brian carroll on 7 Jan 2001 09:15:49 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: Disassociate Webdesign from Usability

 since taking a class in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
 i have been wanting to discuss the subject with others.
 the instructor indicated that the days of hand-coding
 websites by novices will be over with the takeover of
 HTML by CSS. 
 apparently CSS is an appearance-only markup. DHTML
 (which i think is a blend of Javascript and CSS)
 will add functionality, while XML will add custom
 extensibility. the instructor basically agreed that
 to make a website in this future will require one
 to be a programmer.

 i asked about the 'cut-and-pasting' of borrowed code
 as a way to continue web development without needing
 to have a programming background. i think the instructor
 believed it (XML/DHTML) will be too complex, and so the
 non-coders will be stuck in the aesthetics department
 of CSS design, which is look separated from structure.

 i tend to disbelieve this future. but if i believe it,
 then i can see Geert's top 20 list being at the front
 of the wave of this new expert movement. in this future,
 an individual will no longer be able to put up their
 own site, but will need a cadre of workers to do the
 simplest thing. additional views appreciated.


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