Re: a bad idea (fwd)

Benjamin Franz (
Mon, 15 Jul 1996 16:31:02 -0700 (PDT)

Date: Mon, 15 Jul 1996 16:31:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: Benjamin Franz <>
To: Brian Behlendorf <>
cc: Walter Ian Kaye <>,
Subject: Re: a bad idea (fwd)
In-Reply-To: <>
Message-ID: <>

On Mon, 15 Jul 1996, Brian Behlendorf wrote:

> On Mon, 15 Jul 1996, Benjamin Franz wrote:
> Ah, then I'm not quite sure why you'd be suggesting IMG as a container tag
> if the only thing it could contain is other tags - I see a very limited
> usefulness of that, and a large potential for people to get it wrong...

It would provide the ability to add multiple 'alternate URLs' cleanly.
Otherwise you are going to get a hack like this:

<IMG SRC="blah" ALTSRC="blah1%%blah2%%blah3%%blah4">

This is because
<IMG SRC="blah ALTSRC="blah1" ALTSRC="BLAH2" ALTSRC="BLAH3"> is impossible
to express in SGML.

> what would that provide now that we have OBJECT?

Backward compatible extension of IMG for multiple server or mirroring
support. OBJECT can't do that AFAIK (although it would be a good idea for 
it, too).

Benjamin Franz