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Re: Introducing NetscapeML

From: Ka-Ping Yee <s-ping@orange.cv.tottori-u.ac.jp>
Date: Tue, 02 Jul 1996 17:36:51 +0900
Message-Id: <31D8DFA3.4D7956D2@sse.tottori-u.ac.jp>
To: David Perrell <davidp@earthlink.net>
Cc: "'www-style@w3.org'" <www-style@w3.org>
David Perrell-- well said!
 
David Perrell wrote:
> 
> ... it seems to me Netscape's extensions are never as powerful as they
> could be with a little more foresight and consideration (the center tag
> vs a more general and powerful "align= " being one of many examples).

Ah, but why bother taking time to think about it if you've got another
great opportunity to make up a new tag?  New tags are so much better
for waving around and announcing, and they give you something else to
proudly put the "invented-by-Netscape" label on.

> <SPACER> seems relatively innocuous. But powerful?
[...]
> And why "spacer?" If planning on supporting CSS anyway, why don't you
> use the same semantics and accept margin and spacing parameters for
> the <Hn>, <P>, and <DIV> tags?

<NSML>
Oh, come on.  I'd rather<SPACER TYPE=HORIZONTAL SIZE=8>write<SPACER
TYPE=HORIZONTAL SIZE=7>more<SPACER TYPE=HORIZONTAL SIZE=9>spacer<SPACER
TYPE=HORIZONTAL SIZE=5>tags<SPACER TYPE=HORIZONTAL SIZE=12>any<SPACER
TYPE=HORIZONTAL SIZE=10>day.

It's<SPACER TYPE=HORIZONTAL SIZE=6>so<SPACER TYPE=HORIZONTAL
SIZE=7>much<SPACER TYPE=HORIZONTAL SIZE=6>more<SPACER
TYPE=HORIZONTAL SIZE=9>fun<SPACER TYPE=HORIZONTAL SIZE=10>than
using<SPACER TYPE=HORIZONTAL SIZE=11>stylesheets.
</NSML>

Oh, i can see those letterspaced headings now...

Tell us this was carefully thought-out, Alex.  I dare you.
Explain why you just had to introduce SPACER before stylesheet
support.  What, were there too many FAQs from people about
how to make one-dot clear GIFs or something?


Ping
Received on Tuesday, 2 July 1996 04:38:55 GMT

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