Re: The Netscape / Microsoft / Future Quagmire

Richard Levitte - VMS Whacker (
Tue, 22 Oct 1996 01:05:02 MET DST

Date: Tue, 22 Oct 1996 01:05:02 MET DST
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From: Richard Levitte - VMS Whacker <>
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Subject: Re: The Netscape / Microsoft / Future Quagmire

From: "Scott E. Preece" <>

   a well-designed map may be much more useful than textual instructions

In that specific case, why have either or?  Why not have both?  For heavens
sake, that can't be too hard (heard of ALT=).

   for getting there).  Other sites are meant to provide information that
   has no reasonable text analog (when I go to a software vendor's site, I
   want to see screen shots, not descriptions of features).

I want a description of features.  I'm not interested in how that package
of the software I might want to buy looks like, I'm interested in how it
works.  Ok, screenshots could be usefull, I'll admit that, but they are
far from the most interesting thing.  And again, *why not have both?*  Is
so darn hard?

Your way of chosing your software surprises me...

   | Why is it that some people assume that their content is so important that
   | they think a viewer is willing TO BUY A NEW COMPUTER TO READ IT? Simply
   | amazing.

   I doubt many providers would say they expected anyone to buy a new
   machine to access their site.

If a page needs MSIE to be "best viewed" (or in some cases, viewed at all),
I must buy a PC to view it.  In that case, they implicitelly tell me to buy
a new computer.  Or if their viewer is such that I need a faster processor,
or a lot more memory, they implicitelly tell me to buy a new computer.

   particular site.  Providers can, however, reasonably expect that the
   average capability of the machines accessing their sites will increase
   with time.

Providers can also take the care (yes, gentlemen, it's care, and nothing
else, that we're talking about here) to make their pages in such a way
that they are viewable with machines that are below the "average".

   They can also expect that people buying new machines will
   want to see the benefits of the power they have paid for, making
   advanced features a selling point for some potential customers.

Of course they will want their new machine to be able to perform better.
Does a flashy page on the web tell me that?  No.  Does the fact that I
can have 20 programs running simultaneously at full speed instead of
just 5 prove it?  Yes, that would prove it.  Does the fact that my heavy
numbercrunching program performs at 10 times the speed compared to how it
performed on the old computer (and that I can still edit a C program and
compile it at the same time) prove it?  Yes, it does.

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