Message-Id: <9212070007.AA16719.firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Dan Connolly <email@example.com> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: The spec evolves... In-Reply-To: Your message of "Fri, 04 Dec 1992 13:11:32 MET." <9212041911.AA23347@pixel.convex.com> From: Guido.van.Rossum@cwi.nl Date: Mon, 07 Dec 1992 01:07:52 +0100 I just subscribed to www-talk, and haven't been able to read all the previous exchanges, so please forgive me if this is inappropriate... >3. I got rid of the TYPE attribute on anchor tags. >What's that thing for anyway. Does anybody use it? Yes, I have the following (experimental) use for it. I have written a program that translates texinfo (the GNU Emacs documentation format, which can be typeset using a special set of TeX macros as well as converted to a form of hypertext called Emacs INFO files) to HTML. Texinfo files contain the usual cross references between nodes as well as some more structured links that shape the set of nodes into a tree. Typical trees ("documents" in your proposed new terminology -- I like it!) can contain hundreds of nodes. My translator adds types to structured links that indicate whether it is a link to a child, a left or right sibling, a parent, or the root of the tree. This type is then used by a special WWW browser that I wrote to support tree browsing operations (which are actually compatible with the operations of the Emacs INFO browser). I think this is useful, and better than second-guessing the tree structure from where the links lead to. BTW, the results of my conversions (applied to several standard Emacs manuals as well as to documentation for Python, the language I'm using to write all my software in) can be viewed in the web rooted at http://voorn.cwi.nl:2784/default.html I have added all sorts of other tags and attributes that don't exist officially but which my own browser supports (e.g. font changes). Later I'll try to catch up with the current proposals for HTML and use that instead. I might also suggest other changes from which my texinfo conversion might benefit. Cheers, --Guido van Rossum, CWI, Amsterdam <email@example.com> "Are all your pets called Eric?"