Re: censored formfeeds

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Fri, 30 Jun 1995 08:40:47 -0400 (EDT)


From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Message-Id: <199506301240.IAA28317@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Subject: Re: censored formfeeds
To: dba@althingi.is
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 1995 08:40:47 -0400 (EDT)
Cc: www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: <199506292332.XAA17888@freki.althingi.is> from "dba@althingi.is" at Jun 29, 95 11:32:57 pm

> I have been asking for some page control - some way to
> mark in the document feasible page layout to pass to the printing
> program which would not be censored on the way
> it would not have anything to do with the appearance on screen
> this was asking for too much
> but now people are asking for column layout on the screen
> I am puzzled

Both requests are misguided.  Printers and screens are devices.  HTML is
supposed to be device independent.  There should be nothing in an HTML
document that is specific to a particular device.  It is the responsibility
of the displayer or formatter program to make sure that the document 
looks "nice" on a given device.  An HTML document has all of the information
necessary to make the right choices.  If your layout software is not smart
enough to take advantage of that information it is a problem with the
layout software and not with HTML.

 Paul Prescod