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

F. E. Potts (
Sun, 20 Oct 1996 19:22:33 -0600

Date: Sun, 20 Oct 1996 19:22:33 -0600
From: (F. E. Potts)
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Subject: Re: RE : The Final Word on Browsers and the Future

On Fri, 18 Oct 1996 12:31:35 -0600, Paul Prescod wrote:
> 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.

Well, perhaps so, but only for those whose site-focus is the
mass-market of which "the televisioned-masses" are a part.

Think back a bit to what the focus of the net, and somewhat later, the
web, was before everything was opened up to the masses.  Those folks
who were there then are still there now, with the same needs, and you
can be sure web-TV ain't gonna fulfill them.

In the writing world, one of the most important things you need to know
at the beginning of a project is, "Who is your audience?"  One of the
major differences between the amateur and the pro is that the amateur
never asks this basic question, or even thinks about it, while the pro
always does (and often can't even start a project psychologically until
the answer is in hand).  It is exactly the same with web site design.