Date: Wed, 19 Mar 1997 12:12:09 +0100 (MET) From: Christian Taube <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Stephanos Piperoglou <email@example.com> cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: HTML should not be a file format, but an output format In-Reply-To: <Pine.LNX.3.95.970318231753.412Bemail@example.com> Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.3.95q.970319113734.14757Ffirstname.lastname@example.org> On Wed, 19 Mar 1997, Stephanos Piperoglou wrote: > [...] > > A very large portion of the problems we have today with HTML and the Web > stem from that precise problem - HTML is written by hand, on a per-document > basis, by people. Why is this done? Mostly because most of today's web > servers are based around a philosophy of document=file. [...] Fully agreed. > [..] One way or another, a few years > from now we will have abandoned HTML as we know it and moved on to something > (be it SGML or not) that offers a concise way of offering all kinds of > media in a document over a network. Big deal. That's the EASY part. [Aha, so THAT is the easy part. I was beginning to wonder. Thanks for clearing that up ... ;-)] > [...] > > What the Web should be, in my opinion, ladies and gentlemen, is a place > where documents, designed in any way one wishes, served static or produced > dynamically, are linked together. Once HTML (or some descendant of HTML) is > used for THIS and ONLY THIS purpose, then people will finally come to > understand the value of these depreciated tags. What you say rings so true to me, it makes me want to cry. :-) HTML simply should not be the format that gets written to my disks (although of course in fact it does). "Fighting the idiots that want HTML repositories" -- this is a quote (unauthorized and with apologies) by John McFadden of Exoterica, at the SGML Europe '96 conference in May 1996. Your subject is a very good echo of this. Christian -- Christian Taube -- <A HREF="http://www.isa.de/~taube">email@example.com</A> PGP public key available. Any opinions expressed are mine! Thought for today: Time is hard, like a tractor beam with computers, channels and impatience.