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Re: Static? Dynamic?

From: Paul Burchard <burchard@pobox.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 21:56:19 -0700
Message-ID: <3779A373.2113565A@pobox.com>
To: www-talk@w3.org
[hopefully clearing the despammer this time...]

Grahame Grieve wrote:
> It should be up to the author. The spec is nearly right, except
> that the author (=server) cannot influence the browsers behaviour.

I disagree.  One of the most important design principles of the web --
in strong distinction to the "multimedia" world -- is that BOTH the
consumer and provider need to have control over the presentation of
information (temporally, logically, and visually).  The social contract
which gives the largest value-multiplier is the one in which the
consumer's presentation choices are authoritative, while the providers'
presentation choices serve as the ubiquitous default.

At issue here is not just the user's freedom to navigate as he or she
chooses -- itself a significant attraction of the web over other
infosystems -- but more generally, the ability of old information to be
used in new ways, unforseen by the author.

Paul Burchard   <burchard@pobox.com>   http://www.pobox.com/~burchard/
Received on Wednesday, 30 June 1999 00:55:40 UTC

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