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

Chris Lilley, Computer Graphics Unit (
Mon, 31 Oct 1994 11:08:22 +0100

Nick Arnett said:

> There's a Unix viewer.

> There is a SPARC binary for Solaris 2.2. That, as I have said before, is not
quite the same thing. People who choose to distribute software as binaries only
should make their software available on several platforms; espacially if they
seek to make thier software ubiquitous.

> It's available at; we have pointers
> to it from our public server, too. It's the 1.0 version, I think.

It is, indeed, one major version behind the Mac and MS-Windows versions.

> Maybe we've all given up on a broader concept -- user interface consistency
> at the O/S level...?

In an ideal world, yes, getting a Web browser would effectively mean getting an
O/S extension so all your applications can now read HTML and follow the links,
etc. Adding PDF capability would be a similar process. I'm not sure it was even
that simple on the NeXT, which I believe came closest.