Various HTML issues

Subject: Various HTML issues
From: David Blyth <dblyth -at- QUALCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 1996 13:08:03 -0700

Gary Merill says....

>You can force *vertical* space, but not *horizontal* space. Just one
>example of poor language design.

I agree that HTML is poorly designed, but you CAN force horizontal space
by using <TABLE>. What you can't do is control the AMOUNT of horizontal
space you're forcing. HTML 3.0 tries to correct this by introducing <TAB>.

>HTML does well with respect to the purpose for which it was originally
>designed. But people want to take it *way* beyond that original purpose,

Oh yea. Sure. Wanting a centered heading is WAY past the original
purpose of HTML 1.0. Why would anyone want something that sophisticated?
;)

[To all humor impaired people: The previous paragraph is called "sarcasm".
Please note that a ;) is so included.]

>and it (neither HTML 2.? nor HTML 3.0 nor Netscape) can support what is
>desired.

If the language can't support what is desired, then the language should
be iterated until it does. Customers should get what they want.


David (The Man)
Technical Writer


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