Re: color: NCSA Mosaic, Netscape, and HTML3

kitblake (kitblake@gig.nl)
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 12:18:42 +0100


Message-Id: <9507191018.AA05644@waterloo.gig.nl>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 1995 12:18:42 +0100
To: www-html@www10.w3.org
From: kitblake@gig.nl (kitblake)
Subject: Re: color: NCSA Mosaic, Netscape, and HTML3

The tail:
>
>No, we'll just leave you to your <CENTER><BLINK>KooL!</BLINK><CENTER>
>Netscape "Enhanced" world, and get on with the serious business of 
>constructing useful, powerful and accessible open standards for 
>everyone, that make the Netscape Extensions look like the crude 
>little hacks they are.
>

As I read this ongoing discussion I get a strong sense of deja vu. There is
an Academy, say the Beaux-Arts in France, telling Claude Monet that
Impressionism is not painting.   We all know who Monet is....

The metaphor is cultural. Distasteful as it may be, the fact is the Web has
become part of pop culture. And the colorful Netscape extensions, which may
or may not be clean HTML, are instituted. They make a real difference in
the experience of a document. People appreciate being able to hone the
presentation of their information (even if it means being a little
rebellious). Every browser had better support them, or people won't use
it/buy it. 

This is something w3.org should seriously consider. By not including
Netscapisms in 3.0 they'll be consigning their favorite compliant browser
to the vapor trail. And Netscape will gobble even more of the market. Once
it has 90%, will development for Mosaic et al still be fun(ded)?

> Style sheets are the right way.

The multitude of heretical HTML users are awaiting 3.0, style sheets,
applets, and anything else that will allow us to shape our information
containers. But until they arrive, Netscape's market share will only
increase. And the Academy's influence will wane reciprocally.

kit blake


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