Re: HTML Streaming

Albertfine@aol.com
Wed, 27 Aug 1997 19:29:26 -0400 (EDT)


From: Albertfine@aol.com
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 19:29:26 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <970827192904_1487924785@emout19.mail.aol.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: HTML Streaming

Members of the www.html List,

I think I see a flame war simmering so let me make a few things clear. I 
don't work for Double Click :) I am a computer consultant. I have taken 
classes on HTML and I have reviewed the XML and HTML 4.0 specifications. I am

sure everyone here knows something about HTML. My ideas are very early in 
development. HTML streaming basically; organizes the tags in a HTML document
to send what is displayed first. Tags that are not displayed such as 
keywords, signatures etc. would be added at the end of the file. These
protocols would probably be used by HTML editors. HTML streaming also
involves two tags; the events tag and the stream tag. The event tag would 
list all the tags in the HTML file with rough descriptions so the browser 
knows what to expect. The stream tag would tell the browser you can display 
this now, it will not be changed. For example, someone mentioned the problem 
with loading tables. The HTML editor could calculate the impact of size 
elements in the table tag. It would add a stream tag to points in the table. 
The stream tag would tell the browser to display the unfinished table knowing
that it will not be changed. Or the HTML editor could add a rough description
of the table to the events tag. You would have the table streamed without 
major changes to the table tag or using a proprietary tag. I don't think 
tables are the last or only example of the need for HTML streaming. I don't 
think the speed at which a page loads while downloading is the biggest 
problem in the world but I do think we should take the initiative. Please 
review all the articles in the thread;
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-html/1997Aug/thread.html#290

Albert Fine