Re: Profile

Dave Raggett (
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 09:42:11 -0400 ()

Date: Mon, 28 Jul 1997 09:42:11 -0400 ()
From: Dave Raggett <>
cc: Walter Ian Kaye <>,
Subject: Re: Profile
In-Reply-To: <Pine.LNX.3.96.970725220238.844A-100000@elmert>
Message-ID: <Pine.WNT.3.95.970728093428.-148885K-100000@holly>

On Fri, 25 Jul 1997, Steve Cheng wrote:

> On Fri, 25 Jul 1997, Walter Ian Kaye wrote:
>>> The external profile could provide default values, which are
>>> overriden by the META tags in the document.

>> What sort of file format? Is it just an HTML file with META tags? 
> It can't be an HTML document, or else it would have to contain
> DOCTYPE, TITLE, etc. I would think it is just META tags, as if
> by plain insertion. 

For now profiles are useful as globally unique names for
conventions. The profile allows processing software to recognize
when a particular set of conventions apply. 

Work is well underway at W3C on richer means to specify meta
data using XML and/or s-expressions. The format for profiles is
undecided, and there may be more than one. 


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