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

Christopher R. Maden (crm@eps.inso.com)
Mon, 24 Mar 1997 15:04:21 GMT


From: "Christopher R. Maden" <crm@eps.inso.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 1997 15:04:21 GMT
Message-Id: <199703241504.PAA08805@phaser.EBT.COM>
To: www-html@w3.org
In-reply-to: <199703230042.TAA08104@duality.gnu.ai.mit.edu> (devnull@gnu.ai.mit.edu)
Subject: Re: HTML should not be a file format, but an output format

[Joel Weber]
> I still don't see why one file per page is inconvinient on the web.

Check out
<URL:http://dynaweb.eps.inso.com/dynaweb/usrbooks/factbook/>.

Imagine maintaining each of these pages as a single file, with the
links between them maintained by hand.  Now picture a more complex
document, with lots of internal hyperlinks.  Every time you
restructure, all of the links have to be updated.  Maintaining the
large document as a single document, which it really is, and
converting is really the only solution.  This example converts on the
fly; static conversion works too.

-Chris
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