one author's perspective on HTML (a modest proposal)

Philip Greenspun <>
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 1994 21:49:11 --100
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Subject: one author's perspective on HTML (a modest proposal)
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     I have been thinking the same thing for some time (I would be surprised 
   if this hasn't come up before) and it's really needed.  I have to 
   disagree with the <NOVEL> tag though; the usefulness of no spaces between 
   paragraphs is much more general.  I was thinking of an expansion of the 
   <P> tag, something like

    <PI> for Paragraph (just indent) and
    <PS> for Paragrah (followed by a space) 

   and naturally <P> would be interpreted as <PS> for backward compatability.

   What do you think?

Your mechanism is more general and therefore pretty winning.  However,
we'd also need <PSI> (blank line PLUS indent the first text line) to
accomplish the "break in story" idea you saw in my first msg.

I think your idea is great, although I frankly think that the whole
HTML concept needs to import some ideas from (gasp) Microshaft Word,
et al.