RE: Moving beyond disillusionment
Dave Winer wrote, > By coincidence, I also did some work on cookies this > morning, and in doing the work I referred back to the > original Netscape document about cookies: > > http://home.netscape.com/newsref/std/cookie_spec.html > > Those were the days! Such low-tech easy stuff. No > DTDs, schemas, no need to render cookies in browsers. > It just happened. Yes, and a right mess it was too: originally a 2 digit year (when did that spec date from? the early '90s!), HTTP header folding not supported, and a whole raft of security issues. RFC2109 was supposed to be the cleaned up version but it still had a lot of holes and has never been fully implemented (except maybe in Lynx), and the current Internet-Draft has reached it's twelfth revision after a couple of years work, mostly caused by the desire to try and remain interoperable with Netscapes broken design. All in all, the cookie spec is about the *best* example you come up with of something that would have benefitted from a more formal process ;-) Cheers, Miles -- Miles Sabin Cromwell Media Internet Systems Architect 5/6 Glenthorne Mews +44 (0)181 410 2230 London, W6 0LJ msabin@c... England xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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