Re: <math>, <fig>, ... (fwd)

MegaZone (megazone@livingston.com)
Fri, 10 May 1996 04:22:16 -0700 (PDT)


Message-Id: <199605101122.EAA05205@server.livingston.com>
Subject: Re: <math>, <fig>, ... (fwd)
To: www-html@w3.org
Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 04:22:16 -0700 (PDT)
From: MegaZone <megazone@livingston.com>

Once upon a time Paul Prescod shaped the electrons to say...
>I'm talking about the Netscape crap and CLASS, primarily.

CLASS we've already seen admitted to having been basically an oversite.
I trust Dan when he says he'll get it in the ASAP.

'Netscape crap' is obviously a judgemental phrase - I take it you
mean <CENTER> and <FONT>?

>more formatting stuff _will_ get into the language. "HTML isn't really
>platform independant markup...it has _elements_ for _centering_ for gawd's

<CENTER> is an alias for <DIV align=center> for all practical purposes.
And it is probably the one concession that had to be made for anyone to
accept it.  There are literally thousands of legacy documents out there
what use <CENTER> and they won't die soon.  It will be deprecated and
new docs should use align, but there are still pages, and browsers, that
recognize it but not align.

On my pages a few months ago I started using things like:

<CENTER><DIV ALIGN=CENTER><IMG SRC...></DIV></CENTER>

It makes the image centered on the widest array of clients.  And in a
few more moths I plan to just stript out all of the <CENTER></CENTER> tags
and leave the aligns in.

It is redundant on a few browsers, but I haven't seen it glitch on me yet.

>sake! And FONT face control elements! How can you call that platform
>independent?"

I don't see this being any more control than a style sheet gives.  And any
browser that doesn't understand need not use that font face.

>Our apple is becoming an aporange before our eyes. It's not a firm ripe
>apple, but it isn't a soft, sweet orange either. It's a confusing mix.

Not very confusing, at least to me.  They only thing I really am not
comfortable with in 3.2 is admittedly font faces - size and color is
trivial stuff.

-MZ
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