RE: Industry Standard's Net 21

Ka-Ping Yee (
Mon, 28 Jun 1999 01:33:02 -0700 (PDT)

On Mon, 28 Jun 1999, Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:
> A lot of really good prior art existed... at least they could have
> plagiarised something halfway decent instead of implementing, and
> disseminating, something clearly Broken As Designed (BAD) (if I'm not
> mistaken, you're the one who had very early prototypes of stylesheets
> and applet-like functionality right?)

While i pretty much agree with your opinion, i think you have
misattributed something to me here. The only somewhat relevant
things i may claim to have done for the Web are the earliest (to
my knowledge) implementation of easy inline math markup (MINSE)
and of a public third-party annotation mechanism (Crit [1]).
I'm very grateful for your respect, but i definitely deserve no
credit for stylesheet or applet anything.

-- ?!ng

"The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people
are so sure about things and the intelligent folk are so full of doubts."
-- Bertrand Russell

[1] I think Rohit's mention of this thing
nearly two years ago was my introduction to this very list.
And yes, that was way before Third Voice, despite what it
says at

I'm actually most concerned by the mention of "numerous patents
pending" at Does
this bother any of you as much as it does me? Do you have
any advice on how to make sure they don't happen to patent
something as general as third-party Web annotation?