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Re: who can they be fooling?

From: Brian Kelly <lisbk@ukoln.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 16:21:34 +0100
Message-ID: <008e01bd7382$7f7552e0$0e92268a@ulpc-bk-fire.bath.ac.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org
>On Mon, 27 Apr 1998, Tom Scanlan wrote:
>:)I understand, my fellow.  I too am worried about compliance problems.
>:)I've kept clear of CSS and DHTML because I don't know who can see it and
>:)making three versions (MS, NS, TXT) is a large hassle.  When will things
>:)settle down long enough for a "standard" to come out?  I think our best
>:)bet is to keep with the "old school" version of everything (look at
>:)http://tom.squarefish.com/hubcom.html for an example : ), until everyone
>:)upgrades to NS 4.0 and MSIE 4.0... how long will it take for them to do
>:)this, and should I build complex sites using the cutting edge today?

But you don't have to assume a model of a server sending a file which will
or won't be processed correctly by the browser.  You can have server-side
checking of the browser so the server only sends resources which the browser
is capable or handling.  Or you can make use of "intermediaries" such as
proxies which provide support for functions not present in the browser -
your browser doesn't support URN-URL resolution, that's OK I'll do that for

Brian Kelly
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