Re: end tags... (fwd)

MegaZone (megazone@livingston.com)
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 18:17:23 -0700 (PDT)


Message-Id: <199609250117.SAA24741@server.livingston.com>
Subject: Re: end tags... (fwd)
To: www-html@w3.org
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 1996 18:17:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: MegaZone <megazone@livingston.com>

Once upon a time Carl Morris shaped the electrons to say...
>readable/writable language?  Most poeple who hand write do it
>litterally to make sure that when the rules NEED to be broken they can

They NEVER *need* to be broken IMHO.

I have never had a problem writing HTML that validates AND works for 
Mosaic, Lynx, NS, MSIE, etc.

It just takes more effort.  Maybe what you are saying is that you are too
lazy to learn how to code properly.

>The point to HTML is there never is a right way... or an absolute way
>to get it done...  one browser's workings may screw up another...  I

If you code within 3.2 and and a good designer, it isn't a problem.

>things, but lynx 2.1 is out there and I can't even get my ISP to
>replace it because they don't see a need for anyone to use it...  so it
>will remain out there, and someone will use it...

And there are still CPM machines running - do you see MS-Word for CPM?
No.  Why?  Because at some stage the percentage of the market/audience
shrinks to the point of diminishing returns.  When you hit the point where
it takes more effort to preserve backwards compatibility than it is worth.

You know what I would do if my ISP did that?  CHANGE ISPs!  There are plenty
of ISPs out there who provide better service - mine installed Lynx-2.5 the
week it was released.  They upgrade emacs as soon as a new release is out of
beta.  etc  In other words, they actually provide customer service.

The ISP market is competitive and ISPs that don't provice service will die
out.

-MZ
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