Re: Netscape 4.0 press release at their server

Walter Ian Kaye (
Sat, 19 Oct 1996 01:25:54 -0700

Message-Id: <v03007813ae8e3edd5d38@[]>
In-Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 1996 01:25:54 -0700
From: Walter Ian Kaye <>
Subject: Re: Netscape 4.0 press release at their server

At 6:48p -0700 10/18/96, David Perrell wrote:
>Walter Ian Kaye wrote:
>> >and how does this facilitate interoperability with other systems?
>> Umm... it's standardized? You'll know that a file type of 'PNTG' is a
>> MacPaint file, regardless of what application created it. ...
>Who'll know? An NT machine won't know. And I won't know by looking at
>the filename on an FTP site if it doesn't have an extension.

Well you wouldn't know if it's worth downloading either! A filename could
say "Whistler's Mother", but Whistler might be a bovine creature for all
you know until you see the picture. Meta-information can't be fully
expressed in a filename, which is where technologies such as MCF come in.
See <> for more info.

>I'm thankful "our industry (with the notable exception of Apple)" chose
>not to do typed files (and forking file systems). Every OPSYS with a
>central database of 'registered' file types? <shudder>

Kinda like every country in the world with its own rules. A world government
would be nice, but we ain't there yet. We know we'll be embarrassed when an
extraterrestrial asks to be taken to our leader, and we can't oblige...

    Walter Ian Kaye <>     Programmer - Excel, AppleScript,
          Mountain View, CA                         ProTERM, FoxPro, HTML     Musician - Guitarist, Songwriter