Re: HTML3 tables

Brian Behlendorf (brian@wired.com)
Mon, 5 Dec 1994 13:08:54 -0800 (PST)


Date: Mon, 5 Dec 1994 13:08:54 -0800 (PST)
From: Brian Behlendorf <brian@wired.com>
To: Philippe-Andre Prindeville <philipp@res.enst.fr>
Cc: Multiple recipients of list <www-html@www0.cern.ch>
Subject: Re: HTML3 tables
In-Reply-To: <9412051519.ZM20091@dameron.res.enst.fr>
Message-Id: <Pine.BSI.3.91.941205130503.27595B-100000@get.wired.com>

On Mon, 5 Dec 1994, Philippe-Andre Prindeville wrote:
> A lot of people don't want certain features -- not because they believe
> thee features aren't useful or appropriate -- but because they are
> worried about the complexity of implementing them.
> 
> Now while I'm all for pragmatism in programming, I think that
> lobotomizing a specification just because the implementation *might*
> be "challenging" is not just lazy, but extremely unhealthy.

While I agree that difficulty of implementation should not be held up as 
the sole reason for not including a feature, we should also make sure 
that we don't make the base level feature set of core WWW technology so 
complex that a reasonable server or client could only be written by large 
software companies or institutions, as that would stifle creativity and
experimentation.  Though I suppose that's the whole idea behind a public 
reference library implementation like libwww...

	Brian

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