At 12:40 AM 3/28/01 -0800, Tim Bray wrote: >At 08:39 PM 27/03/01 -0500, Simon St.Laurent wrote: > > HTML, of course, was designed by > >an amateur. > >On which planet? TimBL had a lengthy and pretty good career >as a software professional before he went to CERN, where he >was a full-time employee working on electronic information >dissemination among other things. A bit of fact-checking >please. -Tim Hmm... you seem to have lost the context, and that 'amateur' is a good thing in this case. Yes, Tim BL was definitely a software professional doing good work. He didn't, however, really come from the field (hypertext) to which he made his substantial contribution. A number of people, I think himself included, have pointed out that Tim BL's lack of baggage was a lot of what made it possible for him to create a distributed hypertext system which accepted things like 404 Not Found as a fact of life, and which only supported the tiniest possible amount of hypertext linking. To me, that's a hell of an achievement. But then, HyTime damn near put me off markup entirely. Simon St.Laurent - Associate Editor, O'Reilly and Associates XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed. XHTML: Migrating Toward XML http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books
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