Re: Industry Standard's Net 21

Roy T. Fielding (
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 12:28:33 -0700

>(Also, I suspect his attitude was somewhat colored by a justifiable
>distaste for the goings-on in the IETF HTML working group, which had
>become dominated by SGML advocates who didn't seem to understand or
>care about the needs of the HTML installed base --- a divergence which

That's b.s. Netscape had no involvement with the HTML WG, not even
enough to obtain a distaste. Netscapisms came about because the
developers just assumed HTML+ was dead, rather than actually asking the
author (Dave Raggett), and the Netscape developers believed they "created"
the Web and therefore were in the best position to invent new HTML.
SGML folks dominated the WG discussion because Spyglass was the only
browser folk who bothered to show up. Netscape has no one but themselves
to blame for that fiasco.