Re: Page v. document (search and agent issue)

Sunil Mishra (smishra@cc.gatech.edu)
Fri, 22 Nov 1996 16:15:22 -0500


Message-Id: <199611222115.QAA03669@cleon.cc.gatech.edu>
To: Nick Arnett <narnett@verity.com>
cc: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Page v. document (search and agent issue) 
In-reply-to: Your message of "Fri, 22 Nov 1996 13:04:58 PST."
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Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 16:15:22 -0500
From: Sunil Mishra <smishra@cc.gatech.edu>

> We'd much prefer to work within the standard.

Cool!

> Our engine can treat a byte
> range as a retrieval unit, which parsing the text between the DIV tags could
> produce.  But I'm wondering what publishers and users would expect as
> default behavior -- would they *expect* each clump of HTML in a DIV section
> to be a search and retrieval unit? 

If you present the data between <div> to be a logical unit, I am sure they
will be able to parse it correctly.

> Is the primary purpose of DIV to define
> sub-documents within pages?  Or would we be trying to change the purpose of
> DIV if we promoted this as a solution to the agent problem?
> 
> Nick Arnett
> 
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From http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/MarkUp/Wilbur/features.html...

DIV document divisions 
      Requires start and end tags. It groups related elements together and
      can be used with the ALIGN attribute to set the text alignment of the
      block elements it contains. ALIGN can be one of LEFT, CENTER or
      RIGHT.

Sounds like what you are looking for...

Sunil