Re: "People should not write HTML"

Joe English (
Mon, 12 Dec 1994 11:05:52 -0800

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Subject: Re: "People should not write HTML"
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Date: Mon, 12 Dec 1994 11:05:52 -0800
From: Joe English <>

John C. Mallery <> wrote:

>     Date: Mon, 12 Dec 1994 09:05 EST
>     From: (Michael Johnson)
>     >People should not be writing html; programs should.
>     Excuse me? That's a load of hooey if I ever heard one. 
> No WYSIWYG editors?  Microsoft is coming.....

Yes, but just because GUI editors exist doesn't mean
that everyone should have to use them.  Given a choice 
between using vi on a Unix box and using anything from 
Microsoft on a PC, I for one will stick with vi :-)

> [...] I've got my own abstractions so
> whatever level of empircism is wedged into the standards will never get in my
> way.

That's probably the best approach.  I rarely use
HTML markup for any important data; it's better to use a
DTD that encodes information relevant to a particular
type of document and down-translate it to HTML for presentation.
That's what HTML is for, after all...

--Joe English