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

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John Cowan wrote:
> Uche Ogbuji scripsit:
> > It seems you're the one missing history.  The browser was hasn't been an
> > HTML-only proposition since Netscape and Microsoft took over.  It you're us
> ing
> > Mosaic as your benchmark of what a browser has always been to users and
> > developers, I think you're setting up a gigantic straw man, and I, for one,
>  am
> > not following you there.
> Indeed, even Mosaic could handle multiple formats, notably including GIF.

I remember it started quite a stir on the WWW mailing
list when Mosaic (unilaterally) added the <IMG> tag to

The main innovation of early Web browsers was that they
supported multiple *protocols* -- HTTP, gopher, ftp, and WAIS
were the main ones -- not multiple formats.

Uche's right, though; what early web browsers did or did not
do is largely irrelevant.

--Joe English



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