Re: HTML 4.0 draft available

Walter Ian Kaye (walter@natural-innovations.com)
Thu, 10 Jul 1997 09:08:19 -0700


Message-Id: <v03102827afeab77db771@[205.149.180.135]>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.WNT.3.95.970710054443.-185917B-100000@hazel.w3.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 1997 09:08:19 -0700
To: www-html@w3.org, lehors@w3.org
From: Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com>
Subject: Re: HTML 4.0 draft available

At 5:49a -0400 07/10/97, Dave Raggett wrote:
 > On Wed, 9 Jul 1997, Jordan Reiter wrote:
 >
 > > I don't think that the indexes are well implemented.  Instead of a
 > > listing containing start tag (which is almost always required
 > > anyway), end tag (which is generally easy to figure out on your
 > > own) and Empty (which isn't very useful), I think a very brief
 > > description as well as a list of (somewhat) unique attributes
 > > would be more useful (this way, it would be possible to look at
 > > this page for quick info without having to look through the specs
 > > for information).
 >
 > > For example:
 > >
 > > tag   Description                  Attributes
 > > | P | Paragraph                  | ALIGN
 > > |   |                            |
 > > |IMG| Image                      | ALIGN, SRC, HEIGHT, WIDTH,
 > > |   |                            | HSPACE, VSPACE

Yes, this sort of reference would be very useful.

 > > Also, I question the table layout itself.  While presenting
 > > information in this way may be easiest to format, very long tables
 > > may cause problems for some browsers.  Even after the page was
 > > loaded in my cache, it still took several seconds for the entire
 > > table to render, whereas a textual equivalent would have been
 > > instantaneous (and I'm running on a fast computer with lots o'
 > > memory).
 >
 > Thanks for the suggestion. I will see what we can do.
 > It looks like using PRE rather than TABLE is appropriate.

I found that element table to be relatively short (well, compared to my
table of HTML characters which is 300 rows), and I don't consider several
seconds (which is what it took on my 60MHz machine) to be unreasonable.
Several seconds is really quite fast, compared to many pages on the web
these days... ;)

__________________________________________________________________________
  Walter Ian Kaye <boo_at_best*com>    Programmer - Excel, AppleScript,
          Mountain View, CA                         ProTERM, FoxPro, HTML
 http://www.natural-innovations.com/     Musician - Guitarist, Songwriter