Re: RE : The Final Word on Browsers and the Future

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Fri, 18 Oct 1996 14:29:13 -0400


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Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 14:29:13 -0400
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Subject: Re: RE : The Final Word on Browsers and the Future

At 01:30 PM 10/18/96 -0500, Murray Altheim wrote:
>When you spend your efforts ranting about the future, modernity, progress,
>etc. it merely sounds ridiculous. I'm not a Luddite, I'm complaining about
>poor design. Content providers assuming their audience will upgrade to
>their choice of browser is an ignorant viewpoint. It ignores the direction
>of the industry (which BTW I *may* have some understanding of) toward
>OS-based UAs, and the growing use of devices that CANNOT handle content
>geared toward 1024 pixel wide, 24 bit color, Java-enhanced framed pages.
>Everybody is getting out of the application-based browser business.
>Everybody. If they aren't, they're obsolete. So putting a badge on a page
>prodding people to use a specific browser is an obsolete viewpoint. Hey,
>Jason, you're obsolete: content negotiate (evolve). Don't require your
>audience to use your tools.

This is an important point. My cable provider and phone company are
competing to hook up my low-res television to the Web. Microsoft and
Netscape are in a similar battle. When the televisioned-masses get on the
Web, those who micro-designed their web pages are going to look very silly.

 Paul Prescod