HTML: hypertext or hypermedia?

Marc Andreessen (
Mon, 7 Dec 92 23:27:43 -0800

Date: Mon, 7 Dec 92 23:27:43 -0800
From: (Marc Andreessen)
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To: Dan Connolly <>
Subject: HTML: hypertext or hypermedia?
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Dan Connolly writes:
> Some folks have expressed an interest in putting graphics and such
> _inside_ an HTML document.
> Other folks just want references from the SGML to external data.
> (even if it's presented as if it were part of the flow of text).

The presentation as part of the flow of the document is virtually
essential -- otherwise it's only a halfway solution.

> (or you _could_ use the MIME multipart mechanism to glue them
> together, but I don't see that as a very popular choice. Even if you
> did that, it would not impact the HTML spec.)

I see this as the best possible choice, at this point in time.  While
not an ideal solution, it has the twin benefits of (as you say) using
entirely existing mechanisms and providing substantial functionality.
(And yes, I really do talk like that -- in fact, I used to work at

Allowing this would not preclude future Web-based hypermedia
mechanisms -- in fact, it would encourage them, as we become more
familiar with the limitations of HTML and MIME.

Blah blah blah... anyhow, we're going to go ahead and take this
approach, so we'll see how it turns out :-).