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From: Inanis Brooke <alatus@earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 22:57:20 -0800
Message-ID: <005a01be608c$177e6580$4c1fb3d1@alatus>
To: "www-html" <www-html@w3.org>
|I didn't know HTML had become a dictatorship, but obviously it has.

It's not a dictatorship. It was decided upon by the working group, who, by
my admittedly uncertain understanding, is comprised greatly of
representatives from major corporations, all with interests in mind.
Furthermore, this is not HTML we're talking about here. This is the coming
thing. This is the thing that I kept saying was going to come along one day
and replace HTML when it was held back by its inability to grow and evolve.
Don't get me wrong, I like HTML, but at the same time, I'd really like to
see an ushering in of an age in which we can use custom dtd's to define
markup languages, perhaps even add new functionality into UA's! (MS's CDF is
a fair example of what I mean... the UA parsed the XML document, and used
that data to create a 'spiffy-looking' menu for channels that could be
hidden or shown at the click of a toolbar button. Sure, CDF didn't catch on,
but I think you can see what I mean by potential... if a webmaster could
define their navigation system in a menu that seemlessly integrates with the
browser just as much as the title of the page traditionally shows up in the
title of the browser window, more attention could be paid to structuring
content. That future is still a bit further out, but It'll come to us one
day or another...)

Oh, and as a playful, nonagressive statement, I observe that you used
improper markup, by failing to end the <OBSERVATION> you made with

Just my childish, naive visions of the future...

Daniel [inanis (edf)]
Received on Thursday, 25 February 1999 01:55:11 UTC

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