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Re: timid lurker seeks help
- To: xanadu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: timid lurker seeks help
- From: Andrew Pam <avatar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 17:22:57 +1100 (EST)
- In-reply-to: <firstname.lastname@example.org> from "____Textpert Alert____" at Dec 17, 95 00:21:14 am
- Organization: Xanadu Australia
- Reply-to: xanadu@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Elementary, my dear Pam... ;-)) I'm not mystified at all.
> Roughly speaking, allowing transclusion of text fragments
> within _present_ HTML framework opens up a whole can of, er,
> parser worms. For starters it'd mean equipping the clients
> with much additional intelligence to distinguish and keep
> track of the nested document states, and to suppress and/or
> enhance cascades of tags nested within higher-level tags.
Well, this is of course why Ted has always advocated external mark-up
rather than in-line SGML style. I still think it would be worth
proposing such a mark-up standard.
> I don't think present WWWLibs on which majority of clients
> are based are up to job and, anyway, transclusion is too
> complex and definitive a concept not to have been designed
> in right from the start.
That's probably true, but I am continuing to encourage developers and
researchers in this field to explore the less well-trodden paths of
Xanadu functionality such as transclusions. The Hyper-G team certainly
seemed to be interested in the concept.
> Besides, all that would require more, much bigger memory partitions
> for the already RAM- thirsty clients, bigger by a magnitude.
I don't think this is much of a problem; the RAM required for today's
fancy video and 3D clients is probably more than sufficient to implement
more powerful linking models.
Share and enjoy,
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<mailto:avatar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Andrew Pam
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