Re: HTML Metadata for other Web objects

Dirk Herr-Hoyman (
Wed, 23 Apr 1997 07:01:43 -0500

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Date: Wed, 23 Apr 1997 07:01:43 -0500
To: (Stu Weibel)
From: Dirk Herr-Hoyman <>
Subject: Re: HTML Metadata for other Web objects

At 07:51 AM 4/23/97 -0400, Stu Weibel wrote:
>Andrew Daviel writes:
>> We need a consensus on how to specify metadata for non-HTML Web objects, 
>> IMO.
>The infrastructure for supporting metadata of non-html Web objects is
>not now in place, but will be within the year.  It is PICS-ng.
>The modification of existing PICS specification will result in a system
>that is interoperable, widely deployed, and will support the
>specification, creation, and management of a wide variety of metadata,
>including Dublin Core-style descriptors.

Stu, can you give us a URL to look at the PICS spec?

>In my judgement, investing time and energy in other approaches is
>redundant and will not likely result in solutions before the PICS
>technology is mature.

Heh-heh.  I was thinking the same thing about URN/URC about 4 years ago.
Nonetheless, one solution is better than many here, so I hope that one will
emerge, and perhaps PICS will be the one.

Dirk Herr-Hoyman <>
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