RE: The Browser Wars are Dead! Long Live the Browser Wa rs!
Right. Now if I give it <myXMLAnything ..> and the MIME type, it can call a generic stylesheet or load the objects that handle that type. Yes? If I give it <SCRIPT that's HTML. If I give it <IMG href="myGif.gif" that's HTML. If I give it <object that's HTML and page integration of a foreign content type (eg, VRML, SVG, any plugin). The web browser as "popularly conceived" is an HTML system. That's not correct, certainly. Given the content type, it will load the objects if it has the objects, that last bit being the real universal problem for web developers as the VRMLies were to find out. As to namespace integrated objects, I'm not too optimistic. It sounds good but the experiments so far seem to say that this is a way to build a slowwwww system. We went round this argument a few thousand times with the Sony 3D designers during the X3D work. I don't know if I would call that a universal user interface. A universal type container, maybe. At what point is the container simply "Windows"? I guess at the point at which it doesn't want to use HTTP or URLs to catalog the objects, or the TCP/IP layers to get them. It's not inconceivable and that is why the Box article was fascinating. Someone appeared to be thinking big thoughts. Again, breaking rules is one way to innovate, Outside The Box. ;-) IOW, will I always need IE or it's like. I don't think so. Store and Forward, stateful transactions, etc. still make sense. len -----Original Message----- From: Uche Ogbuji [mailto:uche.ogbuji@f...] > Paul Prescod wrote: > > > Len, the Web architecture was always designed to make it easy to switch > > HTML out. HTML has been an optional feature since day 1. [...] > > [...] The web browser is the application that was designed to > > handle every content type and new content types and tasks all of the > > time. > > That's not how the Web worked on day 1 though. > > The original version of HTTP only delivered HTML; > MIME types weren't added until HTTP 1.0. (You could > stick a <PLAINTEXT> tag at the top of a text file, > but that was part of the HTML layer, not HTTP.) OK. This explains a lot of Len's comment that zipped right by me before, but I certainly am not talking about "day one". I can see no point in talking about that. Who cares? I'm talking about the Browser as popularly conceived and deployed. This certainly post-dates day one as you describe it.
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