While many tools are on the market (e.g., SoftQuad HotMetal Pro 2.0, Quarterdeck WebAuthor 2.0, Adobe PageMill 1.0, InContext Spider 1.1) that provide a graphical user interface for the authoring of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) format files and layout of associated graphic content, these tools require the user to have direct access to the physical storage of the name space served by a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) server. This effectively limits the use of these tools to computers connected to a local area network (LAN) containing the physical storage. In contrast, an emerging class of tools (e.g., Microsoft FrontPage 1.1, AOLpress/AOLserver 1.1) allows users to save their work directly to an HTTP server, affording a style of work where authors are located remotely to the HTTP server hosting their content. This second class of tools, known as distributed Web content authoring applications, were the focus of this working group.
Note: Development of the Vermeer FrontPage product began in 1994. 20 months later this happened...
Ferguson tells what it was like to create Vermeer Technologies, which produced one of the first software products that made creating web pages fairly easy, and then sell it to Microsoft for $133 million some 20 months later.
$133 million back in 1996. Wonder what that would be worth today? ;)
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