non-standard HTML? [Re: netscape to become freely redistributable]
Martin Maechler <email@example.com>
Fri, 23 Jan 1998 14:07:21 +0100
>>>>> "DougB" == Douglas Bates <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
DougB> I presume by now that most everyone has heard that, starting
DougB> later this quarter with Netscape 5.0's developers' release, the
DougB> Netscape browser program and its source code will become freely
DougB> redistributable. They didn't say it would be GPL'd (GNU Public
DougB> License) but they said their source code would be available in
DougB> the spirit of the GPL.
I did not know this. Thank you for the information.
I *do* like it!
DougB> Initially it bothered me that the start.help() function in R
DougB> tried to find netscape on your system and started that to read
DougB> the .html files. I thought it might be better to rely on a
DougB> freely available browser like mosaic or chimera2 or arena. Even
DougB> lynx would have been an alternative. I find I still often use
DougB> lynx for browsing when I am on a a machine with 8 bit planes of
DougB> color because I don't want a bloated netscape eating up my color
That's why we use
which keeps its own colormap.
DougB> In retrospect the decision to standardize on netscape and to use
DougB> their extensions to the HTML standards in the R documentation
DougB> looks like a good one.
That's the paragraph which made me respond:
---> Which Non-HTML 3.2 Netscape-HTML extensions are we still using?
I've once looked a little bit at it and thought I didn't see any,
at that time.
I very much agree with Ross (and Tony Rossini and ...) that we would not
want to use non-standard HTML.
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