Re: color: NCSA Mosaic, Netscape, and HTML3

Brian Behlendorf (
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 13:26:27 -0700 (PDT)

Date: Wed, 19 Jul 1995 13:26:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject: Re: color: NCSA Mosaic, Netscape, and HTML3
To: kitblake <>
In-Reply-To: <>
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On Wed, 19 Jul 1995, kitblake wrote:
> 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....

We are *not* comparing art styles vs. art styles.  I don't think anyone 
is saying that attractive documents have no business on the web - quite the 
contrary, we are trying to create a basis for an extremely powerful 
presentation layer on top of a semantic document language - HTML 3.0 and 
style sheets - which will give the document authors an astounding amount 
of control over how the page *looks* without mucking up what the document 
*says*.  Why shouldn't color, alignment, size, and font styles be 
applicable to *all* HTML tags, rather than waiting for piecemeal 
attribute additions to the <FONT> tag or the <CENTER> tag?


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