Re: <PAGE> proposal

Arjun Ray (
Fri, 22 Dec 1995 20:55:13 -0500 (EST)

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 1995 20:55:13 -0500 (EST)
From: Arjun Ray <>
Subject: Re: <PAGE> proposal
To: "Eric S. Raymond" <>
In-Reply-To: <>
Message-Id: <Pine.3.89.9512222018.A19598-0100000@alpha>

On Fri, 22 Dec 1995, Eric S. Raymond wrote:

> > what about scroll-backward behavior?
> It's not obvious to me that anything special needs be done in this case.

It's not obvious to me either, but when it comes to tag proposals, it 
*is* an obvious question to ask:-)

It's easy to suggest tags that meet specific problems. It's much harder 
to design tags with *generic* functionality. That usually means a well 
defined *set* of semantics, and the more cases covered the better.

A tag simply to control scroll-forward behavior on visual displays is 
misplaced in HTML. The functionality is better placed in stylesheets 
which *do* have a direct say in presentation features.

Let's look at this way. If you can describe the functionality with

  (a) an adjective: think in terms of an attribute.

  (b) a noun: think in terms of a tag.

  (c) a verb: think in terms of something else, like stylesheets.