Re: HTML3.2

Foteos Macrides (
Fri, 10 May 1996 16:38:16 -0500 (EST)

Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 16:38:16 -0500 (EST)
From: Foteos Macrides <>
Subject: Re: HTML3.2
Message-Id: <01I4JPSSN9E000E1YU@SCI.WFBR.EDU>

Fisher Mark <> wrote:
>>        I feel very uncomforatable about blindly entrusting the
>>making of standards for electronic information sharing systems to
>>an organization which repeatedly now has demonstrated difficulty
>>drawing distinctions between information versus propaganda, and
>>seems permanently wedded to the practice of releasing privately
>>generated and ill-discussed drafts in conjunction with press
>>releases aimed at having them perceived as ratified standards.
>>This is exactly the opposite of what many who have worked hard
>>and long on development of the Web were seek to achieve.
>Although W3C has made its fair share of public relations blunders, from what 
>I understand, the people involved are the same people we have seen on this 
>mailing list and the related lists (esp. www-talk) since 1994 (when I joined 
>those lists).  W3C has both the expertise of the early Web developers as 
>well as the support of most of the major players in commercial Web 
>development (Netscape, Microsoft, Softquad, Spry, Terisa, Verity, etc. -- 
>see <URL:> for a 
>complete list).  I have not seen any reason to distrust the intentions of 
>the W3C, though they need to review their public relations releases (IMHO).
>Although I think that eventually there should be a standards-track RFC for 
>HTML, I don't see HTML 3.2 as a digression -- it codifies existing practice, 
>thereby preparing the way for more substantial enhancements like stylesheets 
>and OBJECTs.

	I retract may expession or those opinions because I am not prepared
to provide and defend my evidence for them, and therefore should have kept
the opinions to myself as well.


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