Re: Netscape 4.0 press release at their server

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 12:44:00 -0400 (EDT)


From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Message-Id: <199610171644.MAA19427@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Subject: Re: Netscape 4.0 press release at their server
To: preece@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com (Scott E. Preece)
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 12:44:00 -0400 (EDT)
Cc: mag@ncsa.uiuc.edu, www-html@w3.org
In-Reply-To: <199610171555.KAA08236@predator.urbana.mcd.mot.com> from "Scott E. Preece" at Oct 17, 96 10:55:19 am

> Embedding the type in the name is fragile (it's easier to change the
> name accidentally than changing an embedded property of the file).

The model of OpenDoc, OLE containers and (historically) the Amiga was that 
all files were of the same basic structure, and objects within that file could 
have different data formats. That means that file-level properties that 
transcend file format (such as versioning, name, summary info, user info,
etc.) could be embedded and transmitted in a standardized format. And of
course you could easily embed multiple objects (or object hierarchies) without
tying the whole file to the "outside container's" file format (i.e. Word doc
or SGML).

 Paul Prescod