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   Re: [xml-dev] The Browser Wars are Dead! Long Live the Browser Wa rs!

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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.)

<URL: http://www.w3.org/Protocols/HTTP/AsImplemented.html >

--Joe English



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