Re: Structured text v. page descriptions (was Netscape, HTM

Mike Piff (M.Piff@sheffield.ac.uk)
Thu, 27 Oct 1994 08:52:58


From: Mike Piff <M.Piff@sheffield.ac.uk>
To: www-html@www0.cern.ch
Date:          Thu, 27 Oct 1994 08:52:58 
Subject:       Re: Structured text v. page descriptions (was Netscape, HTM
Message-Id: <2D81A80228@Derwent.shef.ac.uk>

%%>As more and more new Internet users begin creating WWW pages (and this is,
%%>indeed, what is happening) the demands for these features will continue to
%%>increase.  The designers of Netscape have simply, and, IMHO, wisely, acceded
%%>to this demand.
%%>

%%>Because MS Windows (in its various incarnations) is now, and will continue
%%>to be, the viewing/operating system of choice for 10's of millions of
%%>computer users, issues concerning systems which behave differently than it
%%>does, are for an ever increasing number of net surfers, somewhat moot. 
%%>

Oh! Dear!  The "popularity" argument. "Tens of millions of people can't
be wrong!"

The "serious" end of the market will continue to use LaTeX, HTML or no
HTML, because it does the job.  Word-For-Windows certainly does not, if
that is the application you have in mind that millions of people use.


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