Re: Netscape & New HTML

Jari Tomminen (jto@hut.fi)
Sun, 23 Oct 1994 21:36:14 +0200


Message-Id: <199410231939.AA10783@hila.hut.fi>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 1994 21:36:14 +0200
To: Multiple recipients of list <www-html@www0.cern.ch>
From: jto@hut.fi (Jari Tomminen)
Subject: Re: Netscape & New HTML

>Not everything served up on the Web incorporates hypertext
>links.  There's no need to force PostScript or LaTeX to do
>so.

Didn't catch the point, did you? :)

Or - are you trying to say that hypertext/hypermedia documents and those 
documents of which presentation the author wants or has to have complete 
control over are to be completely separated? In that case I think you'll 
upset quite a bunch of Web authors.

The fact is that as for now if I want to make a document with hyperlinks I 
have to use HTML but then I can't control the presentation. On the other 
hand, if I want to make a document with a certain 'look and feel' that's no 
problem - I can make it a 400 kb inline GIF or about anything I happen to 
think of - but I can't place links into it. What if I wanted to do both?

Hey, now I know... I'll make it an imagemap!!! ;)

Seriously, in the present setup it seems to me that the WWW community is 
going to let a huge number of users (or potential ones) down. With nothing 
but arguing and bitching and biting it seems to happen like Rudyard Kipling 
said: "East is east and west is west and the two shall never meet." Pity...

The style sheet concept sounds great but the point is that we don't need it 
after a year or five years. We need it *now*! Otherwise the whole system 
will be in a few months from now on like a bunch of tumbleweeds - nobody 
knows anymore which servers, clients and documents will talk to eachother.

I hope I made my point clear...

        Jari


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