Re: Netscape 4.0 press release at their server

Abigail (
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 17:05:14 -0400 (EDT)

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Subject: Re: Netscape 4.0 press release at their server
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 1996 17:05:14 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Abigail" <>
In-Reply-To: <v02130500ae8aed02c04a@[]> from "Tom Magliery" at Oct 16, 96 02:51:14 pm

Tom Magliery wrote:
++ "This page best viewed with" is an ironic step backwards in document
++ interchangeability.  Before The Web, that information was given out using
++ only 4 bytes of data, not 30 or 40.  And it appeared in the document's
++ meta-information -- the filename -- not in the body of the document itself,
++ so it was usually easier to get to.  ".DOC" was (and still is) quite a
++ convenient way to say "This page best viewed with Microsoft Word."

Someone quoted TBL recently in c.i.w.a.html:

Anyone who slaps a "this page is best viewed with Browser X" label on a
Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web,
when you had very little chance of reading a document written on
another computer, another word processor, or another network.
                   [Tim Berners-Lee in Technology Review, July 1996]