[XML-DEV Mailing List Archive Home] [By Thread] [By Date] [Recent Entries] [Reply To This Message]

RE: Moving beyond disillusionment

  • From: Miles Sabin <msabin@c...>
  • To: xml-dev@i...
  • Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 16:10:14 +0100

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 ;-)



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...)


Purchasing Stylus Studio from our online shop is Easy, Secure and Value Priced!

Buy Stylus Studio Now

Download The World's Best XML IDE!

Accelerate XML development with our award-winning XML IDE - Download a free trial today!

Don't miss another message! Subscribe to this list today.
First Name
Last Name
Subscribe in XML format
RSS 2.0
Atom 0.3

Stylus Studio has published XML-DEV in RSS and ATOM formats, enabling users to easily subcribe to the list from their preferred news reader application.

Stylus Studio Sponsored Links are added links designed to provide related and additional information to the visitors of this website. they were not included by the author in the initial post. To view the content without the Sponsor Links please click here.

Site Map | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Trademarks
Free Stylus Studio XML Training:
W3C Member
Stylus Studio® and DataDirect XQuery ™are products from DataDirect Technologies, is a registered trademark of Progress Software Corporation, in the U.S. and other countries. © 2004-2013 All Rights Reserved.