Re: The Great Document Menu Debate

Peter Lister, Cranfield Computer Centre (
Tue, 10 Aug 93 17:24:20 BST

> Well, everyone wants something different.
> What we want to be able to do is have information in the HTML header
> that indicates the structural aspects of an HTML document relative to
> some larger whole, e.g. pages w/in an article, w/in an issue, w/in a
> volume w/in a journal.

What you describe is different, right enough - it's not at all the
series of URLs which can be warped to directly from the Document/Manual
menu that I (and I think most others) have been discussing.

What you describe appears to me to be a meta-document - i.e. it
describes the main document, and this kind of thing can be created
easily in HTML. If I want it to look really spiffy, I can have inlined
icons of arrows, volumes, etc. I need only process the document once,
all users get the same view of the doc (given the limitations of their
viewer), and you don't have to hassle Marc A and the team to produce
run-time hackable menus (or do it yourself). Whether you prepend the
meta-doc to the real doc or not matter of taste.

Peter Lister
Computer Centre,
Cranfield Institute of Technology, Voice: +44 234 754200 ext 2828
Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL UK Fax: +44 234 750875