Re: Industry Standard's Net 21

Koen Holtman (
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 11:01:14 +0200 (MET DST)

On Thu, 24 Jun 1999, Mark Day/CAM/Lotus wrote:

> I also went "what the #@%&?" when I saw Marc Andreesen as runner-up to
> TimBL in the category of "Most influential standard-bearer." The longer
> explanation of the category is "the person most instrumental in
> establishing the Net's conceptual framework." Without even thinking hard, I
> can come up with a dozen people who are better candidates for runner-up.
> Mercifully, the associated article is entirely about Tim. I don't think I
> want to know what the Standard thinks Marc's "conceptual framework" is.
> The <blink> tag, perhaps?

If we are talking about 'establishing the Net's conceptual framework',
yes, then Marc's contributions go beyond <blink>.

Going back to Mosaic, there is forms, which Marc pushed in a major way I
believe [1], and of course <img>. Both are still cornerstones of the 'web
dialtone' today.

Anyway I recall Lou Montulli claiming to be responsible for <blink> at
various occasions. Why anybody would actually want to do such a thing is
beyond me.

Of course the problem with lists like this is that they give the
impression that there are actually people who are to some degree in
control of this whole net technology. Maybe that was true before 1992 or
so. Not anymore. We've got Brownian motion now.

> --Mark


[1] I'm sure someone on this list will correct me on this if I'm wrong,
I was not actually there when forms got developed, but I remember them as
this hot new technology that was just out.