Re: HTML3 tables

Brian Behlendorf (
Mon, 5 Dec 1994 13:08:54 -0800 (PST)

On Mon, 5 Dec 1994, Philippe-Andre Prindeville wrote:
> A lot of people don't want certain features -- not because they believe
> thee features aren't useful or appropriate -- but because they are
> worried about the complexity of implementing them.
> Now while I'm all for pragmatism in programming, I think that
> lobotomizing a specification just because the implementation *might*
> be "challenging" is not just lazy, but extremely unhealthy.

While I agree that difficulty of implementation should not be held up as
the sole reason for not including a feature, we should also make sure
that we don't make the base level feature set of core WWW technology so
complex that a reasonable server or client could only be written by large
software companies or institutions, as that would stifle creativity and
experimentation. Though I suppose that's the whole idea behind a public
reference library implementation like libwww...


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