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Re: Netscape and Microsoft should come up with plugins standard

From: Daniel Hiester <alatus@earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 12:56:13 -0800
Message-ID: <006401c0ab36$e0a27220$4328b3d1@sol>
To: "www-html" <www-html@w3.org>
[DJW:]
I don't think parameters should be used for simple media types.
For them, object is really a special sort of link that embeds
the result; normal links don't have such parameters.  I think
HTML is being confused with a multimedia authoring language here.

Daniel Hiester responds:
I agree and disagree. I do think it is important that the w3c (or browser
vendors, for that matter) not do anything that could give someone the idea
that HTML is intended to be a multimedia authoring language.
However, I do think that because multimedia is so popular (especially as
broadband becomes more widely available in homes across the United States...
sorry to say it that way, honestly!), it is important that a unified
structure be laid out for it.

However, this is probably off-topic for this list, one way or another...

[DJW:]
If parameters are relevant to such media types, I believe they
would be considered presentational and therefore ought to be
handled by style sheets, not HTML.

Daniel Hiester responds:
Style sheets? I assumed that maybe a.) leaving these parameters to be
exclusively the terriroty of SMIL (if SMIL could be loaded as a module to
XHTML, that would be great), OR maybe talk about defining these parameters
in DOM... but my understanding of what DOM is is still rather hazy. Style
sheets would be the least relevent, I would guess... but that is just my
casual, half-educated guess, and I'm open to any corrections.

Daniel
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