31 Jul 2000 tetron   » (Journeyer)


"Architechture and Assembly language" **growl** A little from column (b), a LOT from column (a). Electrical engineering for computer science majors. Lovely. Did I mention that this class _FAILS_ half the students in it every semester? And that half of those are FAILING IT FOR THE SECOND TIME?! Well, I went and talked to a professor about it at least. Maybe the department will get a clue... some day.

jmason, nixnut and jschauma responded to my little rant on hypermedia. Well, the superficial part about why HTML sucks, not the important bits :-)

Someone mentioned that it could be done server side. Of course you're right, the server can do ANYTHING - my example of slashboxes or netcenter channels is just a very sophisticated sort of server-side include. The idea here is doing it client-side. How can we get more intellegence into the client?

Frames are evil, layers are proprietary, and I don't think javascript could actually acomplish this sort of multilevel document nesting. What I'm thinking of is beyond just sticking one piece of a web site in another (as banner ads do); rather what would be really cool would be for there to be an interaction between the inner and outer documets on various levels - visually (layout) and conceptually (outer documents are more general, inner documents more specific, or other sorts of information relationships.)

What I think would be really cool, is if ON YOUR HOME PC (none of this centralized "portal" crap) you could combine many inflowing information sources (CNN, Slashdot, Memepool, Sluggy Freelance) into a single page that is best laid out for YOU - personalized, managed by an intellegent agent, most useful to you, and best of all you can screen out the advertising :-)

I don't think the web is up to this. If HTML were a stronger metalanguage, meaning it described the MEANING of the data it wrapped tags around, then we'd be able to analyze so much more from the average HTML document. Modern HTML is a bunch of layout information with a few vestigal tags from the times people tried to make it mean something. <em> vs <i> anyone? Or <address>?

Whoops. Got a meeting to go to. More rants on this subject tomorrow :-)

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