RE: The Final Word on Browsers and the Future

On 19 Oct 1996, Peter Flynn wrote:

>    Whenever I hit a site that ticks me off, I email the webmaster with a clip
>    of the offending HTML, and explain why it offends (such as text forced into
>    a table 600 pixels wide). Once in a while, it actually helps!
> I do the same, and even edit their HTML into shape to help them
> understand how they can achieve what they want _and_ remain compatible
> with the rest of the world. Works wonders on a few occasions.
> OK, how about a browser which would perform a rough parse and
> _automatically_ mail the webmaster (or the author, if identified) with
> the list of errors? I've been asked countless times if this exists
> (no) and if I'd like to make it a part of WebMail (not yet).

If you do this, webmasters will simply lock out your browser. Many sites
have *NO* central content control (think Netcom NOT Digital). The
webmaster is concerned with *keeping the site running* not *what people
put up* (unless it affects the server operation via usage overload for

IOW: Automatic mailing by web browsers is a *BAD IDEA*.

Benjamin Franz 

Received on Saturday, 19 October 1996 14:20:25 UTC