Re: The Final Word On HTML (fwd)

Carl Morris (msftrncs@htcnet.com)
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 23:57:49 -0500


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From: "Carl Morris" <msftrncs@htcnet.com>
To: "MegaZone" <megazone@livingston.com>
Cc: "WWW HTML List" <www-html@w3.org>
Subject: Re: The Final Word On HTML (fwd)
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 1996 23:57:49 -0500

| HTML is not a programming language.
| 
| I want to see you write a simple if-else statement in HTML.  Hell,
ANY
| statement that consitutes a logical function.

<OBJECT DATA="hello.png" TYPE="image/png">
	<OBJECT DATA="hello.gif" TYPE="image/gif">
		<P>Damn I tried to get you a graphic but my if-then construct says
that if you don't support GIF or PNG I'll send you this text
instead.</P>
	</OBJECT>
</OBJECT>

That works for me ... and I am sure it works for others ... it may not
work for you ... there is no clear cut definition to a programming
language... the only thing you can even claim is the W3C's mission
behind HTML "we hope that html never .... becomes a programming
language"

I think that was inevitable in that HTML directly controls many
functions of a computer through an interpreted language, you might call
it an application of SGML...

| HTML is a Markup Language, that's it.  Stop trying to use broken
logic to
| claim it is something else.  HTML does *NOTHING* programatically.  It
marks
| up content to give *clues* about how to display things.  The browser
is 
| the program, not the HTML.  Again, claiming HTML is a programming
language
| is the same as claiming the field delimiters in a database are a
programming
| language.

its nice that it only gives clues, if then statements if you will...
many other languages just aren't this simply...

I still refer to it as a glue...  it glues all this other stuff
together...