Re: Web Futures (was: HTML Futures (was: to <P>...))

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Sun, 18 Aug 1996 18:52:41 -0400


Date: Sun, 18 Aug 1996 18:52:41 -0400
Message-Id: <199608182252.SAA08502@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
To: Stephanos Piperoglou <stephanos@hol.gr>,
From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Subject: Re: Web Futures (was: HTML Futures (was: to <P>...))
Cc: Thomas Breuel <tmb@best.com>, www-html@w3.org

At 09:31 PM 8/18/96 +0300, Stephanos Piperoglou wrote:
>I think that the main problem in conception is that the Web is *not* based
>on HTML. It is based on HTTP, the URI specification and the idea of a
>world-wide network of hypertext documents. Hypertext is really just the idea
>that a part of a document leads to another document, and it's been used for
>years (if you don't believe me, open any Windows help file). If we expand
>the idea that a part of a document leads to another document into other
>document types, we've gone the first step: One no longer needs to bother
>that HTML can't display properly, he uses another format instead. Examples
>are already here, and VRML is one, while Java is another.

HyTime separates the generalized concept of hyperlinks from particular
document types. It seems like an obvious starting place for a true
hypermedia web such as the one you describe.

 Paul Prescod