Re: Not a www-html matter (Re: Upgrading the news URL)

Albert Lunde (
Tue, 11 Mar 1997 21:37:53 CST

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Subject: Re: Not a www-html matter (Re: Upgrading the news URL)
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 1997 21:37:53 CST
In-Reply-To: <>; from "Dan Fabulich" at Mar 11, 97 6:15 pm
From: (Albert Lunde)

> Updating the news clients would be easier than you think, because many
> news readers double as web browsers.  So as people upgrade their web
> browsers to accomodate the latest update in HTML, they will also be
> upgrading their news readers.  Other news readers would soon accomodate
> such changes as well, as the transclusion process catches on.  So

This is simply false. News reading software is likely the second most
diverse assortment of software on the net (after e-mail software).

Web browsers are still only a small minority of netnews software; which
also includes things like news-to-mail gateways, fidonet echos, and
software on a number of platforms not yet touched by www clients.

You are not proposing an incremental update, but something that
would make news messages totally unreadable to all old clients
(for a questionable increase in performance).

No way is this going to get any support from the USENET community.

(One could get around this by sending duplicate messages,
in MIME multipart envelopes, but this would destroy any
possible bandwidth advantage.)

I think you will have to find another platform for your experiments
in transclusion.