Re: Industry Standard's Net 21

Roy T. Fielding (
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 16:41:24 -0700

>And as to your claim that they weren't involved at all, I *think*
>that's not correct. The HTML-WG archives appear to be off-line, so I
>can't check my memories, but I do recall that Lou Montulli was at
>least intermittently active on the mailing list. Also, tables were
>implemented directly off then-current WG draft specs. (Yes, in an
>ideal world, they wouldn't have been using drafts, but they weren't
>*in* an ideal world, and nothing better was available).

Actually, you are right about Lou being involved in table work -- he
even showed up at the Danvers IETF specifically for that discussion.
As did Ari for the HTTP stuff, or at least that was the reason for him
to travel out and visit the ex-CERN/new-W3C folks.

But this was a year after the HTML WG started and six months after the
Netscapisms were introduced -- HTML2 was pretty much a dead duck by then.
The one HTML discussion I recall that involved Lou was the one we had
on HTML rel/rev attributes being used for targeted placement, or even
relative layout like in a constraint-based GUI, which later realized itself
in FRAME attributes (egads). But I think that was on the www-html list.