Date: Thu, 27 Oct 94 18:09:05 CDT From: Tim Pierce <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Cc: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: Netscape & New HTML In-Reply-To: Your message of Thu, 27 Oct 1994 22:52:31 +0100 Message-Id: <CMM.email@example.com> Dylan said: > 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. This Mcom apologism is really terrible. Mcom knew in advance that what they were going to implement was behavior not held by any other browser available at the time. They had the choice in front of them to take a path that at least had *some* force of standard in front of it, even if the draft was old and dusty at the time. Instead, they chose to spurn it entirely and forge ahead with their own tags. MarcA's justification: no browser was presently implementing <P ALIGN=CENTER> and the other tags, so they saw no compatibility issues. True enough, but there was still nothing stopping them from becoming the first to implement them, and establish a status quo that fell more in line with the standards process. They decided against it. That speaks very poorly of their intent, or judgment, or both. > The problem being, that this is *not* what most of the people who > actually use and peruse the web care about. That is a point to take into advisement when designing a standard. It should never be a driving motivation. > 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. I still get more information from the radio than from television. Newspaper gives me more than either one. I do not see that becoming the Liberace of the information superdonkeytrack is an enviable goal.