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Suppose we grant that everything Phil has said about HTML's shortcomings is true, and that even the relative win of combining XML and CSS is less than nirvana. Even so, the true stumbling block is not the specs; it's the implementations.
I was pretty excited when style sheets were finally implemented in Netscape and MSIE. 'At last,' I exulted, 'I can continue to be purist about using HTML only for semantics and still make my pages look pretty with style sheets.' But, alas, one never can eat one's cake and have it, too...
What's the major problem? IHMO, it's the existence of MSIE 3.x, or, as I call it, The Browser of Frankenstein. Had MS left CSS support out of MSIE 3.x it would have been better than the brain-damaged implementation we actually have to plauge us until the next millenium--or beyond, considering that many of my customers still use Windows 3.1 and Netscape 2.x or even 1.22! As it stands, anything like full use of style s...
It wasn't available yet when philg wrote that he couldn't find a good, short book on NT, but one worth considering is Aeleen Frisch's "Windows NT System Administration" from O'Reilly. Not as relevant for someone just running a workstation, but see the appendix with a "quick start for Unix sysadmins."
It's ISBN is 1-56592-274-3.
Don't believe the cover hype about "Effective and Painless NT Management," of course. What was Tim O'Reilly smoking the day that slipped by? ;)