Re: Wish List for New Spec

Abigail (
Fri, 22 Dec 1995 01:48:54 +0100 (MET)

You, Robert Hazeltine wrote:
++ Hi
++ This seems like a good time of the year to ask what would be your wish
++ list for the next generation of HTML. My list is actually quite short and
++ it does not include the like of java, etc. :-)
++ 1. A reaonable means of adequately identifying a text document giving it a
++ "front page" (meta information seems to be the best canditate);
++ 2. A way of expressing formula and mathematical information within HTML
++ documents;
++ 3. Being able to present more than one alphabetic system in a single
++ document, eg Greek and English or Cyrillic and Vietnamese, etc so as to
++ make dictionaries, language exam papers, textual criticism, etc a HTML
++ reality (has no one asked for this?)
++ 4. Some resolution of URC.
++ So what do you think?

Math would be number 1 on my list.

Second, a way to "refine" one's markup. Currently there isn't a proper
way to say, but you email and snailmail address in one <address> element,
and still be able to distinguish between them. The alternative
<address class = "email">email address</address>
<address class = "snail-mail">postal address</address>
loses the information it is part of the same address.

My third point would be the same as Roberts. I'd even settle for entities
doing that. Being able to deal with multiple character sets is great.

My last point would be implementation of <fig> in more popular
browsers. Although I am not a graphics person, we really need
something better than <img>. Although, this has hardly anything
to do with 'new for the specs'....