One more thought

Alex.Hopmann@resnova.com
Sat, 29 Oct 1994 01:15:17 -0500


From: Alex.Hopmann@resnova.com
Message-Id: <199410310242.SAA28878@nic.cerf.net>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 1994 01:15:17 -0500
To: www-html@www0.cern.ch
Subject: One more thought

One more thought now that I'm finished catching up with my mail (Sorry about 
wasting your bandwidth with so many messages.)

I think one issue is the scope of the Web and HTML. I see people posting the 
announcement of the "Accounting Dept" meeting on the local server. I see 
university students maintaing the english class server. I see 2nd graders 
(This is no joke) posting things to  the spanish club server. I see really 
ugly messages made by those 2nd graders with all kinds of crazy fonts and 
styles (Because I have seen enought times what 2nd graders do when given a 
font menu). But I also don't think that I should take that font menu away 
from those 2nd graders. I also see a desire for those 2nd graders to share 
their ugly pages with their "sister school" in Mexico. Using the web. Using 
HTML.

I also see publishers and (gasp) advertiers, many of whom I have talked to, 
some of whom have a clue about the internet, but most of whom just thing its 
this thing they need to get into or be left behind (Like the print shops who 
didn't get on the desktop/electronic publishing wave). I strongly believe we 
can add some simple capabilities to HTML to make it possible for those 
advertisers to get accross their image the way they wanted it. I suppose we 
could tell them just just embed a GIF (or JPEG). But REAL WORLD applications 
can't be that slow. And like Mcom, I know that I can add these capabilities 
to my products, reach 95% of the computer users out there (Mac and Windows). 
Unlike Mcom, I AM CONCERNED about standardization. Thats why I am spending 
time reading/writing to those group when I should be coding. Thats why I go 
to the IETF meetings. (I appologize for missing WWW'94 in Chicago, but my 
schedule did not allow it).
But I'm afraid I can't afford to be a sementic text purist. <JOKE> After 
all, those 2nd graders are counting on me.</JOKE>


Alex Hopmann
ResNova Software
PS: How many other people are coming to the IETF in San Jose?