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- From: "Simon St.Laurent" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Tim Bray <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 11:20:43 -0500
At 12:40 AM 3/28/01 -0800, Tim Bray wrote:
>At 08:39 PM 27/03/01 -0500, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> > HTML, of course, was designed by
> >an amateur.
>On which planet? TimBL had a lengthy and pretty good career
>as a software professional before he went to CERN, where he
>was a full-time employee working on electronic information
>dissemination among other things. A bit of fact-checking
Hmm... you seem to have lost the context, and that 'amateur' is a good
thing in this case.
Yes, Tim BL was definitely a software professional doing good work.
He didn't, however, really come from the field (hypertext) to which he made
his substantial contribution.
A number of people, I think himself included, have pointed out that Tim
BL's lack of baggage was a lot of what made it possible for him to create a
distributed hypertext system which accepted things like 404 Not Found as a
fact of life, and which only supported the tiniest possible amount of
To me, that's a hell of an achievement. But then, HyTime damn near put me
off markup entirely.
Simon St.Laurent - Associate Editor, O'Reilly and Associates
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
XHTML: Migrating Toward XML
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books