Re: HTML is declarative on purpose [was: Web neurons ]

Scott E. Preece (preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com)
Wed, 29 May 1996 09:01:43 -0500


Date: Wed, 29 May 1996 09:01:43 -0500
From: preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com (Scott E. Preece)
Message-Id: <199605291401.JAA19645@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com>
To: john@eco.powernet.co.uk
Cc: connolly@w3.org, hyper-theory@math.byu.edu, www-html@w3.org,
In-Reply-To: john@eco.powernet.co.uk's message of Wed, 29 May 1996 10:34:03 +0100
Subject: Re: HTML is declarative on purpose [was: Web neurons ]

 From: john@eco.powernet.co.uk (John Middlemas)
| 
| I can't really see the problem here. If any code sections within an HTML
| page were enclosed by say <CODE> and </CODE> extensions, then any search
| engine could be set up to just ignore those sections, by looking for
| those tags.
---

The problem is that in some cases (a growing number) the "content" of
the page is generated by the code.  If you don't execute the code, you
don't have any words to index.  This is a significant obstacle to
providing effective indexing and access to the information on the Web.

The problem has existed from the beginning (pages that are actually
front ends to database search engines typically offer no clue to
indexers of what the content of their database may cover), but the
growth in scripting languages and applets is sure to exacerbate the
problem.

scott

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