Re: The Final Word On HTML (fwd)

MegaZone (
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 21:59:30 -0700 (PDT)

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Subject: Re: The Final Word On HTML (fwd)
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 1996 21:59:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: MegaZone <>

Once upon a time Carl Morris shaped the electrons to say...
>Then why add CSS?  Thats making HTML become style, become layout,  you

CSS1 is not HTML.  It is an external system  You can *hooks* into HTML
to link it in, but that is all.  Like you can call a C routine from Perl
and there are special means to do this - that does not mean C is part of

>attribute does the work, or whether an additional file with a CSS
>extension does it, its still making HTML present style... and it will

Not it is not.  The HTML works fine without the CSS1.  HTML defines
the logical structure of the document, CSS1 defines presentation - in the
ideal system.

>did nothing happen until mosaic's change or what?

A lot happened.  HTML has been evolving constantly from it's introduction.
I've been using it since a friend at college had a friend at CERN who knew
this guy Tim who was working on this 'cool new thing'.  I don't think it
had been dubbed HTML yet.  I remember walking into the lab one day to
see my friend screwing with this weird system, and when I asked him what
it was he told me it was this new program that had just been released, called
Mosaic, that used that hypertext stuff we have been using a text browser
on.  (Don't recall if that was Lynx or a predecessor to it.)

Marc made history because he was in the right place at the right time.  He
could see that HTML was going to be big and he picked the right moment to
jump ship from NCSA and start what became Netscape.  Most of his fame is
due to his ability to play the media like a harp, more than any innovations
on his part.  I don't begrudge him that at all, if I had a window open to
that kind of fame and money, I'd do it too.

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