Re: My Friday-Before-Labor-Day Diatribe [Was: Frame document structure]

Scott E. Preece (preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com)
Fri, 30 Aug 1996 17:16:38 -0500


Date: Fri, 30 Aug 1996 17:16:38 -0500
Message-Id: <199608302216.RAA10635@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
From: "Scott E. Preece" <preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
To: murray@spyglass.com
CC: davidp@earthlink.net, www-html@w3.org
In-reply-to: murray@spyglass.com's message of Fri, 30 Aug 1996 17:43:50 -0500
Subject: Re: My Friday-Before-Labor-Day Diatribe [Was: Frame document structure]

 From: murray@spyglass.com (Murray Altheim)
| >Perhaps not necessary, but methinks desirable. I'm working on an
| >interactive form at http://www.socrates.com/soc-cost.html . Except
| >for IMGs, it's a single html file. [...]
| 
| I couldn't load that document, as I got a JavaScript Runtime error:
| 
|    [Line: 266] Object doesn't support this property or method.
| 
| which then crashed my copy of Internet Explorer 3.0.
| 
| ...
| Your use of whiz-bang not only kept me from using the document, but crashed
| my application. Consider the time, bandwidth, and frustration caused by
| this. And consider the longevity of any similar document: maybe six months?
| 
| You seem to be making my point for me.
---

Two separate issues.  The author is responsible for choosing to use
techniques that are only applicable to a subset of viewers.  That is
presumably a conscious choice and one that is the author's prerogative.
The "right" choice depends on cost:benefit evaluations that only the
author can make, based on her knowledge of the intended audience and
application of the page.

The browser crash, however, is not the author's problem.  If the
browser crashes on *any* content, that's a browser defect.  Send a
problem report to Microsoft.

scott

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