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Re: The Meaining of Pages [was re:pages]

From: jptxs <jptxs@idt.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 1997 09:36:34 -0400
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To: Jordan Reiter <jreiter@mail.slc.edu>
Cc: Fabio Preda <Fabio.Preda@italtel.it>, earonesty@montgomery.com, www-talk@w3.org, www-html@w3.org
i would love to talk about this too, but this is not the place
there are newsgroups to cover this sort of issue

At 09:04 AM 6/12/97 -0400, Jordan Reiter wrote:
>At 9:40 AM +0200 6/12/97, Fabio Preda wrote:
>>On the Web, I think the concept of "page" is different from the
>>normal concept of page.
>>The foundamental unit of information on the Web is the "document".
>>When you click to follow a link in a browser, your request is to
>>retrieve the content of a document and not about a specific page of
>>the document.
>>If some authors split a document in ..."pages", that I prefere to call
>>document or sub-document too, it may be for some reasons:
>>emulation of pages, organize information about the contents,
>>simplify reading, graphic presentation, etc...
>>(I'm sorry for the language, I'm not very skilled in English).
>>bye Fabio
>I work in web publishing (as do, I suppose, many of you) and while making a
>sales pitch my employer heard one of his clients give a pretty good
>description of what a "page" meant.  She felt it described a "concept."  In
>a sense, each page *should* be a self-contained concept, without a *need*
>to go to another page.  There should be no sense of anything missing or
>discontinuous (unless, of course, that is that author's intent for some
>reason).  The fact that the browser *is* a scrollable medium allows there
>to be no limit on the organization and placement of information.
>I remember as I was creating a prototype online edition of a printed
>magazine, I  was copying the table of contents to HTML.  As I did so, I was
>including the page numbers.  When I finished typing it up, I realized the
>unnecessariness (Is that a word) of my action -- on the web, page numbering
>is both unnecessary and nearly impossible (hence, it occasionally poses a
>difficulty when citing a long web page in a paper).  It was a brief moment
>to reflect on the true freedom that hypertext offers.
>I think that though this mailing list is no doubt focused on HTML syntax, a
>discussion of the *meaning* of pages, as well as solutions to problems
>posed by the web's unusual interface, would be beneficial to all.
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