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Marc Andreessen (
Tue, 11 May 93 00:39:19 -0500

From: drmacro@vnet.IBM.COM
Date: Mon, 10 May 93 09:32:59 EDT
Newsgroups: comp.text.sgml,alt.hypertext
Subject: Re: WWW and Hytime (was Explicit Linking is Impossible)
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It's clear from these postings that the WWW system is pretty
sophisticated and has many of the functional attributes one would
expect in a HyTime-based system, including sophisticated query links,
various addressing methods, and so on. I would urge the the WWW folks
to consider recasting the WWW in HyTime terms. By using HyTime
constructs to define hyperlinks and other WWW functions, the WWW
system would become compatible with all other HyTime-conforming
systems. It would, for example, make the WWW able to manage
hyperlinks to and from document in any DTD that used HyTime-compliant
hyperlink elements, meaning, for example, that both OSF-DOC and
IBMIDDoc documents could be integrated into a WWW system without
change to the documents themselves. It's unlikely that I would add
support for WWW-specific link elements that were not HyTime compliant
to IBMIDDoc, but it is highly likely that I would add support for
WWW-specific addressing notations in IBMIDDoc implementations if WWW
used HyTime for hyperlinks.

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