Re: Dynamic HTML -- a definition

Subject: Re: Dynamic HTML -- a definition
From: Kris Olberg <kjolberg -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 1996 18:57:35 -0800

At 04:14 PM 12/8/96 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi again!

>>My explanation of dynamic HTML does not describe a situation in which the HTML
>>tags are dynamic; only the text nested in the tags.

>Correct me if I'm wrong, but it sounds like you just said that that it's
>"dynamic text", not "dynamic HTML". The HTML tags are not dynamic and
>(if we're both using the same definitions) the text is not HTML.


>This has already been noted by Marc Andreesen and others. The next question
>is figuring out how this changes:

> o the document and application elements
> o the process by which a document & application is built
> o the means by which technology (the application) is communicated
> (by a document)

Interesting questions. We are grappling with them to some degree. We have
built methods that define HTML objects of varying types. For example, we've
built method that creates an object that will iterate itself as many times
as needed to handle query data, replacing data in the iterated object as it
goes. This is handy for building tables or lists containing query data.
Actually, I can use the method to my heart's desire to construct any
iterative HTML structures that I want.

My problem is that we have to build methods to handle other structures as
well. We have built some others, but we're wondering how many we've missed.
There must be some base set of objects that, given all permutations, can
build any HTML document needed.

>Sigh. Now if only I can convince someone to pay me to think about this... ;)

Not to rub it in, but I am in the position for which you yearn. I consider
myself lucky, because it's challenging and rewarding.

kjolberg -at- ix -dot- netcom -dot- com (preferred)
kolberg -at- actamed -dot- com

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