Re: FrontPage 98 Beta Frustrations

Subject: Re: FrontPage 98 Beta Frustrations
From: William Meisheid <wgm -at- SAGELINE -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 07:56:54 -0500

Iain Harrison wrote:

In my view, there is no way that a WYSIWYG program caln possibly
write good HTML, because you don't know the user's window size,
font settings or even hardware and software platform or browser


I believe that is a temporary situation. Having been computing
and word processing since 1982 (Started on a Commodore VIC-20) I
see HTML in a similar situation to earlier efforts with HTML tags
analogous to WordStar dot commands or WordPerfect reveal codes,
or early rtf coding in Notepad or a DOS editor. Part of the
situation is the HTML or future XML specs themselves and the
available tagging structures.

I despair of true future writing productivity if we can't
eventually have the HTML equivalent of Word/Framemaker/et al.
True, right now most programs have a convert to HTML or a WYSIWYG
mode that is inefficient or weakly implemented. That won't last.
Within two or three years I expect we will all be using excellent
WYSIWYG editors that are similar to our current Word Processors.
William Meisheid "Thoughts still and always in progress"
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