Re: HTML3 body tag

Murray Altheim (murray.altheim@nttc.edu)
Tue, 7 Mar 1995 18:10:20 -0400


Message-Id: <v02110100ab8285b1cf60@[192.188.119.220]>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 1995 18:10:20 -0400
To: dsr@hplb.hpl.hp.com
From: murray.altheim@nttc.edu (Murray Altheim)
Subject: Re: HTML3 body tag
Cc: www-html@www10.w3.org, connolly@w3.org

[...]
>I also left out URN, feeling that none of these attributes have seen
>widespread useage over the last few years, so perhaps they are just
>cluttering up the standard for little real benefit.
>
>(They are still in the DTD - so I need to get the explanation
> and DTD into sync again).
>
>Comments please.
[...]
>-- Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org> tel: +44 117 922 8046 fax: +44 117 922 8924
>  Hewlett Packard Laboratories, Filton Road, Bristol BS12 6QZ, United Kingdom

Out of lurk mode for a moment...
(city/job change, new baby, etc. has kept me quiet for awhile)

Dave,

I don't know if you remember my earlier note regarding a NASA Technology
Inventory database I'm working on, but one of the design goals was a
distributed server system with records being sent via http for record
synchronization.

I'm still planning to use HTML tables as a data transmission format for
transmitting database information over the net. As I would desire that
value lists (ie., lookup tables) for various codes be available to the
document, I had planned on using URLs, hopefully graduating to URNs as
they became more utilized. The idea of having an organization like ISO
publish standardized code values would be a welcome standardization
for database developers, and URNs or URIs would seem to be a necessary
component for this to work effectively, especially as code lookups could
conceivably be done live.

For an example on a simplistic scale, the list of 50 states would be

   file://iso.org/foo/ISO23-034:US_States.txt

or something like that, eventually replaced with an equivalent URI/URN.
We may be still years away from seeing this become an issue, but it
wouldn't hurt as data systems become more and more decentralized to keep
the universals in mind.

Just a few thoughts...

Murray

BTW, I've been thinking on writing up my "extensions" to HTML tables as
an IETF draft. They aren't a radical shift, just the addition of some
database-type parameters and proposed overall structure for data storage.
Would you be interested in looking over it before it is submitted? Also,
I am not a formal member of the IETF, so I'm a little unsure as to protocol.

_________________________________________
       Murray M. Altheim, Systems Analyst
       National Technology Transfer Center, Wheeling, West Virginia
       email:  murray.altheim@nttc.edu