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Re: OBJECT, inheritance, and rendering

From: David Perrell <davidp@earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 1998 12:39:58 -0700
Message-ID: <002001bdbfdf$aae21f40$15a8a8c0@dper>
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Walter Ian Kaye wrote:

>Could someone define what a "subwindow" is?

A periscope?

In context I deciphered it as "a window within a document within a window
that is a viewport onto another document". Or, in other words, a secondary

>>Is a text/plain file a document? If so, it is rendered in a subwindow,
>>entirely independent of the embedding document, and that subwindow will
>>its own default background. But non-documents must be treated differently,
>>e.g.: for an image the background can be determined by the embedding
>What is a non-document? Is a PDF file not a document? It sure isn't text...

The most general dictionary definition of 'document' is "a writing conveying
information", so I suppose a non-document is "a non-writing conveying no
information". So a PDF could be considered a document, but an image would
only be a semi-non-document unless it were inappropriate, confusing, or
completely transparent.

Hope this helps.:)

David Perrell
Received on Tuesday, 4 August 1998 15:39:51 UTC

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