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The designers of the Macintosh text editor had a similar structure, but without the extra space. However, they had set aside thirty-two bits for storing the text color, and used only twenty-four of them. I suggested we use the spare eight bits, and steal a few more from those used for color, which would not cause any change in the colors that would be noticeable to users.
Robert was appalled—appalled at the idea of using a field intended for the color for another purpose, appalled at stuffing the hypertext data into the cracks of the color data. The program was held up for some time while I tried to persuade Robert that taking this admittedly less elegant but simple route would allow him to get on with the rest of the project and actually get the Web browser running. In the end, he accepted my kludge, but in fact had little time to pursue the program. Later on one summer, Nicola Pellow returned for a few weeks and picked it up, and at one point it was basically working. We named it Samba.
Fischetti, Mark; Berners-Lee, Tim (1999). Weaving the Web: the original design and ultimate destiny of the World Wide Web by its inventor. [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco. p. 58. ISBN0-06-251587-X.