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Re: change "scientific documents" to "basic hypertext" (detailed review of section 1. Introduction)

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 09 May 2008 12:04:27 -0500
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1210352667.4651.500.camel@pav.lan>


On Fri, 2008-05-09 at 06:39 +0000, Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Thu, 30 Aug 2007, Dan Connolly wrote:
> > 
> > The draft says "HTML was primarily designed as a language for 
> > semantically describing scientific documents, ..."
> > 
> > I'm pretty sure that's not true.
> 
> The original proposal:
> 
>    http://www.w3.org/History/1989/proposal.html
> 
> ...makes it pretty clear that the project was originally intended for CERN 
> to manage project documentation. For example, from the second 
> introductory section ("Losing Information at CERN"):
> 
>    The sort of information we are discussing answers, for example, 
>    questions like
>     * [...]
>     * Which laboratories are included in that project?

Hmm... "scientific documents" makes me think of
formally published LaTeX articles, not project
management stuff.

But I'll live.

> That it quickly grew from that humble beginning to a much more generic 
> system I have no doubt, but it doesn't seem inaccurate to say that the 
> original design was for semantically describing scientific documents.
> 
> The "semantically" part may be more debatable though. :-)
> 
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Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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