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- To: Steve VanDevender <email@example.com>
- Subject: Re:
- From: "Kevin 'Tex' Houston" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sat, 13 Jul 1996 03:35:42 -0700
- CC: Rex & Timothy <Lessa@worldnet.att.net>, KellySt@aol.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, David@interworld.com, email@example.com, DotarSojat@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 101765.2200@CompuServe.COM, T.L.G.vanderLinden@student.utwente.nl, email@example.com
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Steve VanDevender wrote:
> Rex Lessa Timothy writes:
> > I think we should use Java instead of SGI-scripts. They have the advantage
> > that people from all platforms (DOS, Mac, Unix) can program them, so we have
> > more independance.
> > Besides that, Java(script) is clearly something that will overrule SGI in
> > the futere (with a few exceptions of course).
> > I'm quite sure that in half a year, almost everyone has a Java-compatible
> > browser, those that haven't are probably not interested enough (You can get
> > it for free for almost all platforms, and installation is almost without
> > problems).
> > Timothy
> Do you mean CGI (Common Gateway Interface) instead of SGI (Silicon
> Graphics, Incorporated)?
> Having worked with CGI a fair amount and knowing more or less what Java
> is, I can't agree at all with your proposition. While you can do a lot
> of neat things with Java applets, they are by no means a complete
> replacement for CGI -- most importantly, because Java applets run on
> your computer rather than on the web server, there are things that would
> be easy to do with CGI that would be almost impossible to do with Java.
> Certainly, the converse is also true; you can do things in Java that are
> almost impossible to do with CGI.
I think I agree with Steve here. a lot of the people coming to our site will
be university students sitting in a computer lab (avoiding their homework)
using Lynx or some other text browser. For the near-term, we should try to
make sure that our pages work the widest possible audience. While Java works
great in Netscape and other browsers, CGI works fine also.
> I also happen to believe that the Web is not just for people with
> Netscape or other graphical browsers. I can't tell you how disgusted I
> am dealing with "Netscape-enhanced" pages or pages that work only in
> graphical browsers.
The web is for all people, certainly, but if certain sites don't want to take the
trouble to code the alt="" tags, then text-onlies just have to live with it. Of
course, the sites that behave that way get fewer hits. and alienate many potential
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