Building Documents from Components

Helen Plotkin (
Fri, 2 Dec 1994 14:08:29 -0500

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Date: Fri, 2 Dec 1994 14:08:29 -0500
From: (Helen Plotkin)
Subject: Building Documents from Components

Using the <IMG SRC=url...> tag, I can make a document some of whose parts
are stored in different files spread across the web.

I wish I could do that with parts that are not images.  Suppose there were
tags like <HTML SRC=url...> and <TEXT SRC=url...> that would let me insert
other kinds of parts into the pages I present.

I have lots of little building blocks, some of which are dynamic, which I
would like concatenate in different ways for different sorts of
presentations.  Making pages by manually re-concatenating the components is
a waste of time and space.  A page with a list of links to the components
is as unsatisfactory as a link to a gif instead of an inline image.  Since
some of the parts are on different servers, I can't even write a CGI script
to do the concatenation.

What do you think is the right solution?

Helen Plotkin
The Geometry Forum, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA