INTERFACE {was SGML, XML and SML, ugh!}

Vane Lashua vlashua at
Fri Dec 3 04:46:33 GMT 1999

There is no rationale for interface as a topic in an XML discussion group,
but while it's passing:

The newest of the eyeglasses interfaces with the small addition of
thumb-ball, earphones, and mic, is getting near to "better-than-TRS-80". The
most significant impediment to a good interface is the querty keyboard and
our collective investment in having learned to use it (combined with the
need for relative silence while we're using it).

Around the same era that the mouse emerged, there was on the market a
single-handed(?) encoding device whose speed was about the same as querty. I
think I saw it in Byte. Anybody seen one lately?


-----Original Message-----
From: Tyler Baker [mailto:tyler at]
Sent: Monday, November 22, 1999 11:13 PM
To: rev-bob at
Cc: xml-dev at
Subject: Re: SGML, XML and SML

rev-bob at wrote:

> > ** Original Sender: David Megginson <david at>
> >
> really seems to be looking at - text-to-speech conversion for small
devices.  That is,
> instead of working on making the tiny screens a little bit bigger or a
little bit clearer,

no one has created a display device or
user interface that is significantly better than the old TRS-80.


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