Web vs. paper (was Re: implementation of FIRST-LETTER - possible problem)

Walter Ian Kaye (walter@natural-innovations.com)
Tue, 30 Sep 1997 12:02:29 -0700


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Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 12:02:29 -0700
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com>
Subject: Web vs. paper (was Re: implementation of FIRST-LETTER - possible  problem)

At 4:06p +0100 09/30/97, Peter Flynn wrote:
 >
 > Personally I think it is a major design blunder (sorry if it's your
 > decision, Chris) to use a paper mag style on a medium other than
 > paper. How would you feel about trying to do an issue on TV using the
 > same stylesheet? Would that work? A different medium requires a
 > different design. No escaping that.

Definitely. I think the reason there are so many "unwieldy" web sites
out there is because the designers came from a print background and are
thinking the web is just digital paper (which should be .pdf, .evy, .cg,
etc., not .html!). Yes, putting something on the web is publishing, but
it's not paper. It's not even "active paper". It is a different medium
entirely, and should be understood as what it is and what it is not
before attempting any "design" of content. Form follows function.

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