Re: Netscape and Standards [Was: %flow and headers and address]

Peter Flynn (
01 Oct 1996 00:01:20 +0100

Date: 01 Oct 1996 00:01:20 +0100
From: Peter Flynn <>
Subject: Re: Netscape and Standards [Was: %flow and headers and address]
In-reply-to: <v02140b02ae759f911692@[]> (
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   God, I was frightened. When you first mentioned James Clark, I was thinking
   not of Netscape's James Clark, but of the author of nsgmls, the SGML
   parser. What a difference!

Oops. Contextuality strikes again :-)

   It's too bad someone didn't put his speech through an SGML parser. It would
   have shown most of his comments as invalid.

But that's the whole point: you wouldn't have been able to because it
was unmarked :-)

   This just goes to show that being in charge of a large company doesn't make
   your opinions any more or less right or wrong; it just gives one an
   audience. Too bad he's in charge. If he wasn't so inlined with the bottom
   line of his company and thought a little about the future he was helping
   shape, he might have a little more foresight. He has been given the
   opportunity to create something truly great and important, and he's blowing
   it. Think fifty years into the future, Jim.

I beg to differ on this one. We need people like JC to keep the
money-go-round in motion. In textual terms, he's a blip on graph,
but I want to see him and Bill Gates (and SoftQuad, and Microstar, and
Arbortext, and and and and) make lots more money and preferably keep
it in circulation. If in the process, some of the money comes from the
pockets of punters who ought to have known better, tough for them. But
you're right about the future. If JC and BG want to see their
companies still in existence for their children to inherit, or
whatever, then they need to think again.