Re: Should <img> exist at all?

Dave Raggett (
Fri, 18 Nov 1994 17:22:26 +0100

Kee Hinckley writes:

> It strikes me that <img> is a very limiting concept and not in keeping
> with either the generalized attribute mechanisms available in HTML or
> the philosophy of providing multi-platform, multi-capability support.

> In particular, the use of something like:

> <a href="...." inline=true>Alternative HTML</a>

This insight is one of the motivations for the HTML+ FIG element, which
I am including in the initial draft of HTML 3.0. Full details in a few
days time when I have finished typing them up.

FIG provides for captions, text flow, and a neat way of locally handling
image hotzones, using anchor shape attributes in the alt text. My plan
is to evolve FIG into a mechanism for supporting OLE/OpenDoc style object
embedding. We hope to demonstrate this next year with Arena.

Note: isn't this topic something better discussed on www-html?

Best wishes,

Dave Raggett ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hewlett Packard Laboratories email: Filton Road, Stoke Gifford tel: +44 272 228046 Bristol BS12 6QZ fax: +44 272 228003 United Kingdom