Re: Netscape & New HTML

Dylan Northrup (northrup@chuma.cas.usf.edu)
Fri, 21 Oct 1994 12:28:06 -0400 (EDT)


Date: Fri, 21 Oct 1994 12:28:06 -0400 (EDT)
From: Dylan Northrup <northrup@chuma.cas.usf.edu>
Subject: Re: Netscape & New HTML 
To: lamport@src.dec.com
Cc: Multiple recipients of list <www-html@www0.cern.ch>
In-Reply-To: <9410211438.AA07876@lilac.pa.dec.com>
Message-Id: <Pine.3.87.9410211206.C8821-0100000@chuma>

On Fri, 21 Oct 1994 lamport@src.dec.com wrote:

>    > I've stated this myself a couple of times before.  Nothing prevents
>    > developers of WWW clients to support other document languages
>    > explicitly like PostScript, PDF, TeX, etc.
>    
>    Why not just add the functionality on to HTML.  For an HTML coder, it is 
>    much easier to learn a few more commands than to learn a whole new 
>    language (Besides, the mere thought of learning PostScript or TeX without 
>    having to is enough to make me have nightmares).
> 
> And while we're at it, it's long disturbed me that, in addition to
> learning HTML, I had to learn to drive to get to work in the morning.
> Why not just add the functionality on to HTML?  It's much easier to
> learn a few more commands like <p command=turn left> than to learn how
> to drive.

Yeah, but that'd mean you'd have to port your browser to yet another 
platform.  Besides, I already know how to drive (not that my passengers 
would agree with me :-).

But seriously, HTML provides a low-bandwidth way to specify the 
aproximate positions and layout of text/pictures.  Using PostScript or 
TeX or any other typesetting language increases the bandwidth by insane 
amounts.  Better to add options on to the existing low-bandwidth 
solutions than to go for something that will clog the 'Net and hog the 
bandwidth.

I agree that there may be some things that are unnecessary (hell and 
damnation upon <BLINK>) but needed/useful markups such as <center> and 
<font> will be used.  If they add something that people want and will 
use, what's the problem?

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