Re: Wish List for New Spec

Daniel W. Connolly (connolly@beach.w3.org)
Thu, 04 Jan 1996 02:35:51 -0500


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To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Wish List for New Spec 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Tue, 02 Jan 1996 10:50:05 GMT."
             <279.9601021050@afs.mcc.ac.uk> 
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 1996 02:35:51 -0500
From: "Daniel W. Connolly" <connolly@beach.w3.org>

In message <279.9601021050@afs.mcc.ac.uk>, lilley writes:
>Robert Hazeltine wrote:
>
>> 1.  A reaonable means of adequately identifying a text document giving it a 
>> "front page" (meta information seems to be the best canditate);
>
>Does that mean the META element fulfills your requirements, or not?

A zillion times a day, I copy the URL, title, last modification date,
and author -- a citation -- from one document to another. Very manually
intensive. There's got to be a better way! We need richer semantics
in HTML (and authoring tools that handle them.)

on meta in general, I've collected my thoughts at:

Web Catalogs, Citations, Abstracts, and Knowledge Bases 
http://www.w3.org/team/WWW/Addressing/citations
last update by $Author: connolly $ on $Date: 1996/01/04 07:12:41 $ 


>> 2.  A way of expressing formula and mathematical information within HTML 
>> documents;
>
>Yes! Plus, the preservation of some semantics - the LaTeX method of 
>describing pictures of equations is only slightly more useful than
>the current HTML method of GIF/XBM pictures of equations. 

absolutely. The web is about knowledge exchange, not just broadcasting.
(that's one of my new "What I think"s on my homepage). See:

Knowledge Capture and Exchange
http://www.w3.org/team/WWW/Collaboration/knowledge.html
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>Something that could be drag-and-dropped into say Maple, Mathematica etc 
>would be handy. It was interesting that Wolfram Research, makers of 
>Mathematica, were exhibiting at WWW4 in Boston last month.

In fact, I've seen very promising demos of mathematica/HTML interoperability.
Stay tuned to:

http://www.w3.org/team/WWW/MarkUp/Math

>
>> 4.  Some resolution of URC.
>
>;-) I think that is scheduled right after world peace and global disarmament..

Again, please see:

Web Catalogs, Citations, Abstracts, and Knowledge Bases 
http://www.w3.org/team/WWW/Addressing/citations
last update by $Author: connolly $ on $Date: 1996/01/04 07:12:41 $ 

Dan