FTP FAQ document standards (was: Re: [ntp:questions] Re: Trimble Setup Question)

David J Taylor david-taylor at blueyonder.co.uk
Mon Sep 1 14:38:45 UTC 2003

> > To me the colours are garish.
> When using "w3m" in a GNOME terminal, I see no colors at all. Anyway
> let me quote from the document you quoted:
> 1.5.1. I don't like the look of the FAQ. What can I do?
> You are lucky: Actually the source of the FAQ uses no formatting rules
at all,
> even the DSSSL code relies on HTML classes and style sheets to do the
> rendering. All properties like borders, colours, and font attributes are
> from a cascading style sheet (CSS).
> In practice, this means you don't have to change the HTML source to
change the
> appearance. Instead simply provide your favourite user style sheet to do
> formatting. If you prefer no fancy attributes at all, just empty the
> docbook.css file.[2]

Sorry, but I don't buy this - I think the document should look better
_without_ me having to create my own style sheets or whatever!  I would
recommend viewing (at least once) on Netscape or MS Internet Explorer.
It's bad enough on MS IE (in my opinion) but on Netscape 4.7 it is

> > The first two words have different colours - and that's in the title!
> > title itself has three different colours and a mixture of italics and
> > plain letters in five words.  Doesn't this look gross to you?
> I'd call it "uncommon". You are referring to
> <title>The &NTP; &FAQ; and <phrase>HOWTO</phrase></title>
> where "NTP" and "FAQ" are entity definitions like this:
> <!entity FAQ "<abbrev>FAQ</abbrev>">
> <!entity NTP "<abbrev>NTP</abbrev>">
> So both, NTP and FAQ are abbreviations, while HOWTO is a phrase. The
> rest are fill words of the title.
> I think a CSS guru can make a stylesheet that ignores formatting
> directives within class "TITLE".

Again, I don't buy this.  To me, the result is a mess, for whatever
reason, and it should be fixed.  I should _not_ have to write my own style
sheets to read the supplied documentation, the style sheets supplied
should make the document appear "reasonable" on the browsers in common


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