Web-Lisp? Oh no!

Mike McDonald mikemac@titian.engr.sgi.com
Wed, 30 Apr 1997 18:05:18 -0700

>Date: Thu, 01 May 1997 10:25:09 +1000
>From: "Chris Bitmead uid(x22068)" <Chris.Bitmead@alcatel.com.au>
>Subject: Re: Web-Lisp? Oh no!
>To: lispos@math.gatech.edu
>>Which brings up something I've been fantasizing about: we need to
>>replace HTTP/HTML.  Is anyone interested in devloping a document
>>specification and transport system that isn't based on some unix
>>weenie's diseased nightmare?  And hopefully one that could be
>>"plugged-in" to Internet Exploder/Netscrape so the toothless masses can
>>adapt easily, and therefore give it a REAL chance to take over the WWW?
>I've often thought that a lisp layer on top of TeX would be a good
>thing. If we put a lisp interface on TeX or TeXinfo and made it a
>plug-in to the browser it might be a great documentation system.

  You guys need to talk to Phillip Greenspun
(philg@mit.edu or http://www-swiss.ai.mit.edu/philg/index.html). He
thinks HTML leaves a lot to be desired and that they should have
started with TeX. (But hey, we gotta keep up the CS tradition of
reinventing everything from scratch!) I should warn you that he's
trying to make things better within the system at the moment.

  Mike McDonald