Re: Structured text v. page descriptions (was Netscape, HTML, and Designers)

Robert C. Pettengill (
Tue, 25 Oct 1994 15:58:36 +0100

A big source of the tension in the past was that HTML was the only way we
had to do URIs (i.e. hypertext) on the WWW. Very shourtly we will have 3
choices that support hypertext in WWW:

PDF - for those who care the most about presentation (Is anyone working on
a forms POST interface for PDF?)

SGML - for those who care about content markup and user editing

HTML - the general purpose compromise that has features for both the
presentation crowd and the markup crowd and satisfies neither.

There is no need to make HTML overly complex given these alternatives. I hope
that it stays a nice simple compromise - a simple output language in
structure markup clothing.


Robert C. Pettengill
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