Re: HTML should not be a file format, but an output format

Benjamin Franz (snowhare@netimages.com)
Sun, 13 Apr 1997 13:36:43 -0700 (PDT)


Date: Sun, 13 Apr 1997 13:36:43 -0700 (PDT)
From: Benjamin Franz <snowhare@netimages.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: HTML should not be a file format, but an output format
In-Reply-To: <199704131840.OAA27175@mail.internet.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.95.970413131948.22144A-100000@ns.viet.net>

On Sun, 13 Apr 1997 BruceLeban@akimbo.com wrote:

> 
> >++    From: BruceLeban@akimbo.com
> >++    Why not? The structure of a web site is arbitrarily divided up into 
> >++    multiple files.
> >
> >From:	abigail@fnx.com (Abigail)
> >Why is everything a separate file? Think about it. It's
> >because how your server works - and that's not an HTML issue, and in
> >fact not an HTTP issue either. It's something some server authors
> >decided on. There's no reason to follow them; use whatever local
> >politics you want, it won't affect HTML, nor the HTTP protocol.
> 
> Sorry, but that's not true. It is an HTML issue. There is no way to embed 
> a picture directly in an HTML file. It's just not defined. 

Actually, you can using 'data:' type URLs. Something like this:

<IMG
SRC="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODdhMAAwAPAAAAAAAP///ywAAAAAMAAw
AAAC8IyPqcvt3wCcDkiLc7C0qwyGHhSWpjQu5yqmCYsapyuvUUlvONmOZtfzgFz
ByTB10QgxOR0TqBQejhRNzOfkVJ+5YiUqrXF5Y5lKh/DeuNcP5yLWGsEbtLiOSp
a/TPg7JpJHxyendzWTBfX0cxOnKPjgBzi4diinWGdkF8kjdfnycQZXZeYGejmJl
ZeGl9i2icVqaNVailT6F5iJ90m6mvuTS4OK05M0vDk0Q4XUtwvKOzrcd3iq9uis
F81M1OIcR7lEewwcLp7tuNNkM3uNna3F2JQFo97Vriy/Xl4/f1cf5VWzXyym7PH
hhx4dbgYKAAA7"
ALT="Larry">

(stolen from Larry's draft)

Check
<URL:ftp://ds.internic.net/internet-drafts/draft-masinter-url-data-03.txt>
for details.

-- 
Benjamin Franz