Specifying Spring ‘83

What fol­lows is a nar­ra­tive descrip­tion of a pro­to­col that I believe might open up some inter­est­ing new pos­si­bil­i­ties on the inter­net. My goal here isn’t to “sell you” on its design; rather, I just want to lay out my think­ing as clearly as I can.

Spring ‘83 is a protocol for the transmission and display of something I am calling a “board”, which is an HTML fragment, limited to 2217 bytes, unable to execute JavaScript or load external resources, but otherwise unrestricted. Boards invite publishers to use all the richness of modern HTML and CSS. Plain text and blue links are also enthusiastically supported.