Re: Structure v. pages (was Re: HTML+)

Richard Koman (
Wed, 14 Sep 1994 13:24:05 -0700

>On the Internet today, "push" is generally considered a bad thing. At some
>level, net users usually don't like to get stuff that they didn't ask for,
>explicitly or implicitly. I think that's why structured text has been the
>focus so far. But as advertisers start to carry some of the costs,
>publishers are going to want their usual level of control over the
>appearance, and hence (in theory) the impressions that they make.

It's not just commercial concerns. Designers, for instance, are frustrated
by the idea that they can't present information and have it people see it
the way they meant it to be seen. They can't spec a typeface, can't knock
type out of an image, can't spec a color, can't set type on an angle, can't
run type around an image, can't put images underneath type, etc. You can do
all these things on a computer, so why shouldn't you be able to let people
see the structured (designed) document on the Net? Not being able to do so
leads people to printing documents and mailing them to people (the ultimate

Richard Koman
O'Reilly & Associates
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Sebastopol, CA 95472