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

David Heller (dheller@tisny.com)
Tue, 25 Mar 1997 11:06:57 -0400


From: "David Heller"<dheller@tisny.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <85256465.00569F9F.00@tisnotes.tisny.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 11:06:57 -0400
Subject: Re: HTML should not be a file format, but an output format





I find this discussion interesting as a newcomer to the list. But I've
noticed a thread in other technical discussions re: HTML that kinda irk me.

The thread is "what *was* HTML created for?" This question always comes up,
and it always seems completely irrelevant from the point of view of where
to take HTML from here. I understand that HTML was born of a specific logic
and syntax that we must keep in mind as we move forward, but from the point
of view of future functionality or purpose of the language, or even present
purpose and funcationality of the language, lets look at real world ways
people are using it, instead of playing out scenarios that don't make sense
to the bulk of the developers using the language.

The other way to look at this is to predict the web, instead of responding
to it. There are actual trends that are occurring in web space that whether
HTML moves forward or not are going to happen. I think that to get bogged
down into storageabilty of HTML doesn't make sense to me at all. if I want
to store documents I am not going to use I am not going to use a language
that is evolving as fast as HTML. The language just isn't stable, and guess
what that's a good thing.

Just $.02 here,
dave