Re: The LINK tag and NCSA Mosaic??

Marc Salomon (
Mon, 11 Mar 1996 15:51:03 -0800

From: "Marc Salomon" <>
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Date: Mon, 11 Mar 1996 15:51:03 -0800
In-Reply-To: Michael Seaton <>
Subject: Re: The LINK tag and NCSA Mosaic??

These mods to an old version of xmosaic were made by our group at UCSF more
than two years ago, right before the time that the REV/REL distinction was
made, and there was only a ROLE for link.

Eolas corp. managed to acquire our development code as part a license agreement
related to their attempt to patent work done around embedded objects by our
group at UCSF.  The good thing about having implemented these features two
years ago (NCSA declined to incorporate them into mosaic back then) in a manner
that is incorrect today is that its easy to tell when someone steals your HTML.

Given the history of how LINK was implemented in this case, I wouldn't allow
any of the WebRouser design considerations to constrain any legitimate
development of the LINK tag or its browser-side behavior.


On Fri, 8 Mar 1996, Chris Josephes wrote:
> What's this about the LINK tag being used to implement a button bar?
> Does this have to do with the w3 version of LINK, or is this more suited
> to the WebRouser version of the tag.

|I don't have any experience with that particular browser, but the sample
|pages on its site appear to use <LINK> in a manner nearly identical to the
|one described in the HTML3 draft.  The only obvious difference is their
|use of role= in place of of rel=.  (A rather curious change to make, in my

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