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

Benjamin Franz (snowhare@netimages.com)
Fri, 10 May 1996 06:24:07 -0700 (PDT)


Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 06:24:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Benjamin Franz <snowhare@netimages.com>
To: Dave Carter <dxc@ast.cam.ac.uk>
Cc: MegaZone <megazone@livingston.com>, www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: <math>, <fig>, ... (fwd)
In-Reply-To: <Pine.GSO.3.93.960510122438.3761B-100000@cass26>
Message-Id: <Pine.LNX.3.92.960510055312.2081A-100000@ns.viet.net>

On Fri, 10 May 1996, Dave Carter wrote:

> On Fri, 10 May 1996, MegaZone wrote:
>
> > <center> is *not* experimental, not is <font>  What they documented in 3.2
> > have been tested in the field for months and behavior was documented.
> > The very fact that they *are* in 3.2 means they are not experimental.
> > <center> is basically an alias for <div align=center> now, and it is there
> > to allow for the huge number of legacy documents that used it since there
> > was no other way to center for such a long time.
> >
>
> Of course they are experimental, they are implemented in very few
                                   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> browsers.
  ^^^^^^^^

 [snip]

Ok. Not to contribute to this out of control spiral - but the underlined
statment is simply and provably WRONG. Even a brief look at the
BrowserCaps results would have told you that FONT and CENTER are used by a
clear, and steadily increasing, *majority* of brands of browsers today. My
count gave seventeen seperate brands of browsers that support the FONT
tag for at least sizing, and only twelve that did not. Noticably *all* of
the ones that do not are extremely low market share players (< 5% total
combined market share).

The CENTER tag is even more universal. I could only five brands
of browsers that *don't* support it - compared with twenty six
brands of browsers that *do* support the CENTER tag.

Whether you count browsers by number of users or by number of brands -
FONT and CENTER are clearly used by most browsers - not 'very few'.

--
Benjamin Franz