one author's perspective on HTML (a modest proposal)Philip Greenspun <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 1994 21:49:11 --100
From: Philip Greenspun <email@example.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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,