Re: microsoftisms after netscapeisms ?

Robert Hazeltine (
Tue, 16 Jan 1996 10:30:55 +1000 (EET)

Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 10:30:55 +1000 (EET)
From: Robert Hazeltine <>
To: "Daniel W. Connolly" <>
Cc: Marcelo Magallon <>,
Subject: Re: microsoftisms after netscapeisms ? 
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On Mon, 15 Jan 1996, Daniel W. Connolly wrote:

> >[...]

> >This is good to see.  But I wonder why it this particular element rather 
> >than some of the still unsettled issues like maths?
> Please consider the internet technology development process:
> 1. Propose
> 2. Experiment
> 3. Standardize
> 4. Widespread deployment
> In the case of INSERT, there were three major vendors shipping
> products/betas with incompatible syntaxes for the same mechanism.
> That seems like a case of great urgency to me! #4 was happening
> before #3!
> Math is still at stage 2. We need more experiments, not more
> standards work, at this point.

Thanks - I do appreciate the effort in bringing the various parties 
together long enough to reach some sort of agreement particularly on 
INSERTing multimedia.  For most of my working career, I have in fact, been 
involved in the development of industry guidelines and standards, systems 
development and implementation; so I understand your skills in achieving 
agreement particuarly within the time frame involved.

However, I hope you will excuse my cynicism when I do not have HTML 
solutions to my _web problems_ and I (and I presume other Libraries 
and IT institutions) have to find workarounds.  To say that people who 
need to share information expressed as mathematical or other formulas, as 
one case in point, have the background to use other formats (as I have 
seen on this list) is off the mark because it just ain't so.


Robert Hazeltine          
Library Web Support