Re: HyTime in WWW?

Tim Berners-Lee (timbl)
Thu, 9 Jul 92 18:50:36 MET DST

Date: Thu, 9 Jul 92 18:50:36 MET DST
From: timbl (Tim Berners-Lee)
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Subject: Re: HyTime in WWW?

If there is a hytime construct which is better than what we
have then I'd be very happy to get it included in the next format.
We just need some people to work on that format formally.
Basically, anything which worries you is going to worry us just
as much!

There is a mailing list ww-announce, and another www-talk.
How to join ius on the web (under "mailing lists").
Annocuncements are (too) rare, talk is sometimes heavy,
sometimes not.

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From: (Cliff Joslyn)
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Subject: Re: HyTime in WWW?
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Date: Thu, 9 Jul 92 10:13:29 EDT
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> I have to admit that although I have skip-read HyTime I am not
> an expert. Charles Goldfarb suggested we write a generic HyTime
> engine, but my impression was that most of HyTime we didn't
> want (Finite coodinate systems, for example). 

Yes, us too. But my impression is that the INTENTION of HyTime is to
be able to use whichever portions are appropriate. Certainly
hypertext-only applications were envisioned. Personally, I think that
HyTime's alinks are the most elegant link structures I've seen.
They're completely generic n-ary relations.

The gain would be standard adherence for  long-run compatibility. I'd
hate to start marking our nodes up in your HTML only to find it's of
limitted compatibility with the world 10 years from now.

Thanks for the reply. I'm glad that Newcomb is involved. What's the
best way to keep informed about how W3 is proceedingd? Just
periodically reading the "What's New" node? Or do you have a separate
pamil or email list?

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