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Re: FW: ALTifier

From: Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 1999 19:08:47 +0100
Message-Id: <199902101808.TAA05138@www47.inria.fr>
To: "Silas S. Brown" <ssb22@cam.ac.uk>
cc: "Michael Vorburger" <mike@vorburger.ch>, w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org, Afzal.Ballim@di.epfl.ch

> You think I should subscribe?  I'm not a member of the W3C and I don't 
> think they allow just anybody to join.

Not everybody, but not just member either.

You're welcome if you want to be on the list.

Just send me a message and I will add you.

> Anyway, I've now updated the alt_filter.  I'm afraid I can't copy it to 
> another machine, because all the other machines I have access to run 
> Unix.  But I'll try and make sure ssb22 is up for the time being (let me 
> know when the presentations are).  Rather than get people to check the 
> box, you can of course grab the long URL and put it into a link.  Of 
> course, if you have a Win32 server and you'd like to run the gateway on 
> it then you could (although the downloadable version on accu.org doesn't 
> include the code to run alt_filter because this is still rather 
> developmental.)
> C++ is my native language too, and the gateway is 100% GNU C++.  (I 
> didn't use lex to write the HTML parser, because it had to deal with 
> broken HTML too.  Instead I used my own classes.)  Can I have a look at 
> your source?  I can't guarantee it, but there might be some way of 
> putting this together.  Although, I would want to make sure that there 
> aren't too many tight interdependencies, so we both have the freedom to 
> carry on developing without worrying about treading on each other's 
> code.
> I'm afraid there's no portable way of getting it to run as a 
> long-running web process, though.  But it would certainly make it faster 
> to integrate the two C++ programs rather than have one spawn the other 
> (and the command shell in between).  Anyway, I'd be worried about the 
> security implications of keeping a permanent record of data.  Some 
> malicious user's bound to point it at a phoney web page to mislead its 
> database, or a massively big web page to fill it up.
> One thing I personally find helpful that my gateway does (I mean 
> gateways on any machine other than ssb22, eg. on excession.ucam.org) is, 
> if there's an image in a link with no text alternative, instead of 
> writing out the image's filename, it can write the filename of the 
> link's destination, which is usually more meaningful than that of the 
> image.  If we were integrating then we'd need to sort out things like 
> this (ideally, the user should have the choice).
> Regards
> -- Silas S Brown, St John's College Cambridge UK http://epona.ucam.org/~ssb22/
> "Every kingdom divided against itself comes to desolation, and every city or
>  house divided against itself will not stand" - Matthew 12:25
Received on Wednesday, 10 February 1999 13:09:01 UTC

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