Re: Netscape & New HTML

Dylan Northrup (northrup@chuma.cas.usf.edu)
Thu, 27 Oct 1994 10:45:16 -0400 (EDT)


Date: Thu, 27 Oct 1994 10:45:16 -0400 (EDT)
From: Dylan Northrup <northrup@chuma.cas.usf.edu>
To: Alessio Bragadini <abragad@di.unipi.it>
Cc: Multiple recipients of list <www-html@www0.cern.ch>
Subject: Re: Netscape & New HTML
In-Reply-To: <9410242140.AA24967@database>
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.941027103432.18428F-100000@chuma>

On Thu, 27 Oct 1994, Alessio Bragadini wrote:

> 
> Dylan Northrup <northrup@chuma.cas.usf.edu>:
> 
> > 	The Netscape extensions are not set in stone (they've only 
> > 	released a beta).  They might change if there was a intelligent, 
> > 	reasonable suggestion for the change.  I'm quite sure if the 
> > 	HTML3 group would make some decisions and submit a final draft 
> > 	the guys at netscape would be more than happy to look at it.  
> 
> I don't really think so since I've read the Marc Andreesen interview
> in October issue of Wired:

[Quote deleted] Available at the following URL (when Brian finally puts 
it up :-):

http://www.wired.com/Etext/2.10/index.html

> They wrote HTML extensions for the browser they want to sell as much
> as possible. 

Because there was no other alternative.  Give them a reasonable 
alternative, and I'm sure they'd at least consider adding in the 
markups.

Given a choice of giving a customer what they want and waiting for a 
committee to decide on a final draft of something that hasn't been talked 
about seriously for months, I'd choose the former every time without 
thinking.

> We (or, at least, I) want a documents describing language that can be
> used as well on any browser on any OS on any architecture, helping
> users to organize and find informations all the way down the Web. And
> I'm pretty sure that's the thing that cares to the W3O, much more than
> the 'I want a larger font here' issues.

The problem being, that this is *not* what most of the people who 
actually use and peruse the web care about.  They *do* care about the 
"larger font/centered text/etc." issues.  The W3O needs to realise that 
and think about the big picture.  If they don't, then 5-10 years from 
now they'll be a historical footnote in their ivory tower overlooking 
some long forgotten off-ramp of the Infobahn.

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