Re: The Netscape / Microsoft / Future Quagmire

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Fri, 18 Oct 1996 14:23:27 -0400


Message-Id: <1.5.4.32.19961018182327.00bd1404@csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 14:23:27 -0400
To: "Jason O'Brien" <jaobrien@fttnet.com>, snowhare <snowhare@netimages.com>,
From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Subject: RE: The Netscape / Microsoft / Future Quagmire

At 09:12 AM 10/18/96 CDT, Jason O'Brien wrote:

>I'm tired of people saying the web   
>should only be text -- 

Who ever said that?

>a great web page is as much about presentation as   
>it is content (this is true with almost anything) -- 

That isn't true. A truly great web page uses as much of each as is useful to
get the point across. The X-Files site will use lots of presentation and
little content, because "the point" is glitz. The congressional records site
will use a lot of content and little presentation, because the presentation
would just get in the way of the text...which is the real goal.

>and a truly   
>outstanding web page is the seamless synthesis of the two.

Sure. As long as the tools are available. But current web browsers emphasize
the presentation, because that is where the money is.

 Paul Prescod