RE: They patented IRC! (FoRK in the road)

Mark Kuharich (
Wed, 27 Jan 1999 09:14:50 -0800

Style sheets have been in use since the auspices of GML. 1969 - Was billg
in grade school?

Mark Kuharich

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MS Word predates both of those. I was in the electronic publishing market in
the early 80s -- it's been a long while since it's been considered a
"market," since Word rendered the category horizontal. Word had capabilities
like those described in late 84, early 85 on the Macintosh. Frame first came
on the radar screen in 86 and Quark in 86 or 87. In fact Pagemaker (then
Aldus, now Adobe and nearly moribund) offered styles as early as 1984, on
the Mac. If Moft applied for a patent on the basis of Word (though that
would be some long-old submarine journey) then the prior art they'd have to
worry about would be in Pagemaker, Xyvision, Texet, and Interleaf; and
possibly in the Xerox Star and Bravo etc. before that. The commercial guys
(I was at Texet) weren't inclined to publish much.