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Re: So, what's left?

From: Daniel S. Riley <dsr@mail.lns.cornell.edu>
Date: 24 Jan 2000 18:22:50 -0500
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <shiu0jf41h.fsf@lns130.lns.cornell.edu>
David Wagner <dwagner@kevric.com> writes:
> (I always wondered why <img> is an empty element with an alt
> attribute, rather than an element whose content is rendered if the
> UA cannot display it,

Because almost 7 years ago, Marc Andreessen didn't listen to Tim
Berners-Lee when Tim suggested something like[1]

  <a name=fig1 href="fghjkdfghj" REL="EMBED, PRESENT">Figure</a>

instead of <img>.  I often wonder what HTML would look like now
if Marc had listened to Tim.

[1] I'd like to cite a reference for this, but I can't find a
www-talk archive that goes back to February of 1993--www.eit.com
is long gone, gummo.stanford.edu has lost its content,

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-talk/

is missing 1993 and 1994,

http://sh.w3.mag.keio.ac.jp/Style/History/www.eit.com/www.lists/

is missing www-talk.1993q1.  I find the apparent loss of this
history very depressing.  Well, since I can't find an archive,
I'll offer

http://www.lns.cornell.edu/~dsr/9302261304.AA05957.txt
http://www.lns.cornell.edu/~dsr/9302261712.AA06142.txt

from my personal mailbox.
-- 
Dan Riley                                         dsr@mail.lns.cornell.edu
Wilson Lab, Cornell University      <URL:http://www.lns.cornell.edu/~dsr/>
    "History teaches us that days like this are best spent in bed"
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