We take a lot of the Web for granted. Things “just are”, but it’s not really that long ago that HTML and HTTP standards were being discussed and were still “under construction”.
Mark Pilgrim shows quotes from a mailing list including Marc Andreessen and Tim Berners-Lee. The discussion is about introducing a new IMG tag to be used in HTML documents to be able to include images in the page.
What seems like such an arbitrary discussion affects coding structures that are directly used still, about 20 years later.