Re: HTML should not be a file format, but an output format

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Sun, 23 Mar 1997 20:19:31 -0500


Message-ID: <3335D6A3.7005@csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 1997 20:19:31 -0500
From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: HTML should not be a file format, but an output format

Stephanos Piperoglou wrote:
> If you had a way to define a link from point X in an AIFF sample on your
> hard disk to area Y of a JPG image available on a Web server in Alaska and a
> way to define a link from section A in a manual on a software publisher's
> web server to the output of function B in a program being run on your
> office's application server then everyone would be happy, and the need for
> tools to take advantage of these features would be trivial since these tools
> would be written in no time.
> 
> But no one is trying to do this. THAT's my point, see.

Says who? ISO has been working on this problem through HyTime for years.
Hypertext linking in XML will be the first W3C recognition of that
effort, but HyTime really *is* just about hyperlinks: it rides on top of
existing formats in just the way you describe.

 Paul Prescod