Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

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RIP Alan J Flavell

Even though I'm rather late.

Many years ago, I used to read certain newsgroups on Usenet quite a bit, including comp.infosystems.www.authoring.{html,cgi}, and Alan Flavell was a regular contributor there and one whose knowledge and postings I respected.

Just now, I searched for "Flavell's law" on a lark and found a definition as well as a link to his personal website—which was down, unfortunately.

So I searched for "Alan Flavell" to see whether it had moved (since it's not unknown for universities to rearrange their URL schemes, or for someone to change departments), and found this message referring to his funeral as having occurred at the end of 2006. Apparently, that was a post on comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html; here's the Google Groups version.

Reading that thread, it seems that I was not the only one who saw his influence as a positive one.

RIP, Alan Flavell.

P.S. I've found what appears to be a copy of his web pages at, though sadly is not available.

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