Re: The Final Word On HTML

Carl Morris (msftrncs@htcnet.com)
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 14:29:27 -0500


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From: "Carl Morris" <msftrncs@htcnet.com>
To: "Liza Daly" <ldaly@cs.bu.edu>
Cc: "WWW HTML List" <www-html@w3.org>
Subject: Re: The Final Word On HTML
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 1996 14:29:27 -0500

| HTML is not a programming language by any definition, and it is
| expressly _not_ designed for the "same viewing of material," unless
| you mean structurally.  The HTML spec can only suggest presentation:
| "The EM element indicates an emphasized phrase, typically rendered as
| italics." [1]  

To suggest is what is in err, that makes HTML a rendering language ...
and a language it is, it can be considered a form of programming
glue...

| 
| The solitary purpose of style sheets are to ensure, as much as
| possible, exact presentation of material.  

ha ha ha ha, you can't get HTML to do it, you really think adding an
additional layer makes things any better... either HTML is, or it
isn't....  by your definitions, IT ISN'T NOW NOR NEVER WILL...  adding
CSS1 or DSSS??? just makes HTML that much less... IMPO

| There are a lot of different points here, but as far as HTML's
| relationship to multimedia, I don't see why it needs to go beyond
| <OBJECT>.  Languages like Lingo (for Shockwave) and Java are already
| designed for multimedia applications; there's no need to duplicate
| this work in HTML.

Precisely, that is what makes HTML multimedia...  its the glue that
holds each media together...  all the others are single media ...
multimedia is the use of all of them, HTML is at least a glue ...  the
WWW and internet can be considered the actual multimedia component...