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From Randy Terbush <>
Subject Re: Modernisation of docs look
Date Sun, 01 Jun 1997 17:12:07 GMT
> >From the fingers of Marc Slemko flowed the following:
> >
> >On Sat, 31 May 1997, Rodent of Unusual Size wrote:
> >
> >>     1. I'd like to make a first pass through all the .html files under
> >> and do the following:
> >> 
> >>        o make the background colour white (to match the new front page)
> >
> >If a background color is set, you better set all the others too.
> >Otherwise people with their default text color set to white get messed
> >up...
>     Excellent point!  I'll make the change to the front page too, then.
>     I presume the canonical browser "default" colours will do?  I.e.,
>     TEXT="black" LINK="blue" VLINK="navy" ALINK="red"?

Seems reasonable.

> >>     5. Throughout the process, I'd like to have carte blanche to clean
> >>        up the HTML (case-normalisation of tags, indenting, and so on).
> >
> >This gets to be very dangerous.  There is a fine line between cleanup and
> >person preferences.
>     True; I've run afoul of it (as when personal preferences are
>     applied to a non-CVS person's patch before committing it).  That's
>     how things be.
>     With what kind of cleanup limitations do you feel comfortable?
>     Changing tags to all-uppercase but not touching the indenting?
>     Adding end-tags where they're missing (e.g., </P> [which *does* have
>     an effect on the final appearance] and </LI>)?  I don't want to bump
>     anyone's nose, but a) I would like the HTML to look reasonably
>     professional, and b) if I'm going to invest effort in the
>     cleanup, is it unreasonable for me to want to apply *some* personal
>     preference?
>     You tell me where your comfort-level lies, I'll let you know if I
>     disagree, and we can negociate toward a compromise.  Maybe. ;->
>     #ken    :-)}

Since you are the one willing to give the time to this Ken, I would 
support the style you choose. One solution to this issue might be 
to create an HTML style guide as well.

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