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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.)

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.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
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Python&XML column: 2. Introducing PyXML - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/09/25/p
The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 1 - http://www.webservices.org/ind
The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 2 - 'http://www.webservices.org/in
Serenity through markup - http://adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6807
Tip: Using generators for XML processing - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork


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