Associating DSSSL style sheets with documents

James Clark jjc at
Thu Mar 6 03:34:46 GMT 1997

At 16:17 05/03/97 -0800, Jon Bosak wrote:

>One possible method suggested by James Clark (thank you, James) is to
>adopt the convention used by Jade in the absence of the -d option:
>replace the extension of the document entity's URL or file name with
>.dsl and fetch that.  Thus, if a browser fetches
>then it should also look for
>and apply it to bar.html if found.
>This is appealingly straightforward, but I wonder how well it
>accommodates multiple stylesheets

A DSSSL specification document can contain any number of distinct style
specifications: it can also contain links to other DSSSL specification

>and stylesheets that use other
>notations (CSS, for example).

Use another extension.

>James lists some other possibilities:
>| - a processing instruction somewhere in the prolog
>| - a catalog entry that says unconditionally to use some DSSSL style
>|   sheet
>| - a catalog entry that associates a DSSSL style sheet with the public
>|   identifier of a DTD
>| - make the document serve also as a style sheet by making it conform
>|   to the DSSSL architecture (this will work with Jade too)

Another possibility I forgot to mention is to have a parameter on the
Content-Type header field:

  Content-Type: text/xml; stylesheet=foo.dsl

This is only going to work in the context of HTTP.  The type of the
stylesheet could be indicated by its Content-Type, and the client could use
content-type negotiation to ensure it gets the kind of stylesheet it can
handle.  Somebody should probably register a MIME content-type for DSSSL
style sheets as well.


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