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Re: The Problem With <NOSCRIPT>

From: Daniel Wayne Byrne <dwb1@ece.msstate.edu>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 1997 23:35:30 -0500 (CDT)
To: "Rev. Bob" <rev-bob@full-moon.com>
Cc: hwg-newtech@hwg.org, hwg-html@hwg.org, www-html-editor@w3.org
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> Has anyone else noticed the fundamental flaw in the <NOSCRIPT> tag as
> currently implemented?  Consider the following page (sans DOCTYPE):
Great idea.  Maybe we can lobby wc3.  I am sure this assoication hgas
enough clout.  We just need to elect some representatives.
> However, that ain't how it works.  Try it in MSIE 3.x or Communicator
> and you'll see absolutely NO output...either way.  Why?  Because while
> they don't recognize "Foo" script (thus skipping the <SCRIPT> tag), they
> parse <NOSCRIPT> contents *only if scripting is disabled*...whether they
> understood the <SCRIPT> tag that immediately preceded it or not.
> The HTML 4.0 draft specification only makes matters worse.  It
> depreciates the use of the LANGUAGE attribute for <SCRIPT> in favor of
> the TYPE attribute.  Y'know, JavaScript 1.0, 1.1, and 1.2 ALL share the
> "text/jss" MIME type!  THIS DOES NOT HELP.
> Here's what I propose.  Before the LANGUAGE attribute can be
> depreciated, it needs a replacement that will adequately substitute for
> the information that it provides.  To that end, I propose allowing the
> <NOSCRIPT> tag to take the TYPE attribute, as well as developing a new
> VER (version) attribute that would apply to both <SCRIPT> and
> <NOSCRIPT>.  With those changes, the above page would look like this:
> <html>
> <head>
> <title>Document Title</title>
> </head>
> <body>
> <script   type="text/foo" ver="1.0">Boogedy!<br></script>
> <noscript type="text/foo" ver="1.0">
> What language is "Foo?"<br>
> </noscript>
> End of text.
> </body>
> </html>
> In this model, the <NOSCRIPT> tag is activated if the browser does not
> understand the script language specified in the type/ver attrbute pair -
> in this case, FooScript 1.0.  The code will still degrade well on
> non-scripted browsers (identically to the current model), and would
> operate better on future browsers.  Unfortunately, nothing short of
> manufacturer patches will fix existing browsers.
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