Re: Revision information for HTML documents

Daniel W. Connolly (
Mon, 18 Dec 1995 11:04:15 -0500

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To: (Ben Combee)
Subject: Re: Revision information for HTML documents 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Mon, 18 Dec 1995 09:58:52 CST."
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 1995 11:04:15 -0500
From: "Daniel W. Connolly" <>

In message <9512181558.AA14083@sso-austin>, Ben Combee write
>Rather than extend HTML again (I'm a bit of a minimalist here),

Yeah verily! Fight the good fight, my man!

> why not
>expand the valid content types for WWW browsers/tools to include something
>like application/x-rcs.  Reasons for this:
>* The file format exists and is well documented.
>* A large code base exists for handling these files.
>* RCS, being outside of SGML, can handle changes without funny DTD tricks.
>* This easily handles lots of levels of changes, not just the one level
>  that a simple <INS>/<DEL> or CLASS="added"/"deleted" would have
>* A browser that could graphically show RCS changes would be a killer app
>  for revision control enthusiasts.

I'm sold. Anybody with time to hack this up? You could probably score
big in one of the Java applet contests. (Is there a python applet
contest? Safe-Tcl?)