Re: a bad idea (fwd)

MegaZone (
Mon, 15 Jul 1996 18:09:59 -0700 (PDT)

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Subject: Re: a bad idea (fwd)
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 1996 18:09:59 -0700 (PDT)
From: MegaZone <>

Once upon a time Benjamin Franz shaped the electrons to say...
>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).

Um, why not?  You are talking about completely new behavior (multiple
servers) so it has to be added to a tag - that tag can be OBJECT or it
can be IMG.

OBJECT is the newer tag with no history to fight and a lot of room for 
growth.  IMG is well established and is limited.

Adding to IMG seems a very bad choice.

You could add the multi-server behavior to OBJECT.  AND, for fallback on
old machines that don't recoginze OBJECT, you can still put IMG as the
last step of fallback by wrapping in in an OBJECT containter.  Same
functionality as the fallback available for IMG without any changes needed
to the IMG tag.

IMG is not a container, making it a container is inviting trouble and
confusion at this stage.

OBJECT is already a container.

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