Re: <PAGE> proposal

BearHeart/Bill Weinman (
Fri, 22 Dec 1995 13:55:05 -0600

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 13:55:05 -0600
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From: BearHeart/Bill Weinman <>
Subject: Re: <PAGE> proposal

At 02:00 pm 12/22/95 -0500, Eric S. Raymond wrote:
>This is a proposal for a simple extension to HTML.

   [ . . . ]

>I therefore propose a new tag, <PAGE>.  When the browser encounters this 
>tag, it should fill the display area with blank lines to the bottom.  The
><PAGE> tag should also alter the scroll-forward behavior of the browser so that
>the space created by <PAGE> expands during scrolling to fill the display 
>area until it is entirely blank, at which point the next scroll-forward 
>skips to-of-display to just past the <PAGE> tag.

   I like this proposal, but I would suggest that <PAGE> be 
a container as this would fit in more with the style and spirit 
of HTML. 

   Text that is within a <PAGE></PAGE> container would behave 
as you have described, with the distinction that the end-of-page 
behavior would take place upon reaching the terminating </PAGE> 
tag. Additionally, formatting attributes (like ALIGN=RIGHT) could 
take place in the <PAGE> tag and set a style for the page. 

   Other containers, like <P> or the pointless kludge <DIV>, could 
be used to temporarily modify the attributes of <PAGE> and then the 
behavior would revert back to that of the <PAGE> when the suborniate 
container is terminated. This could actually be a very elegant way 
to implement some styles, although it's not a complete replacement for 
a style-sheet. 

 * BearHeart / Bill Weinman 
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