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Re: Applet, Target, Object, Embed in XHTML 1.1

From: Philip TAYLOR [PC336/H-XP] <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Mon, 03 Feb 2003 08:46:51 +0000
Message-ID: <3E3E2C7B.8E089EE1@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
CC: "www-html@w3.org" <www-html@w3.org>

Coming as I do from a typesetting/TeX background,
I see exactly the same situation occurring with 
<object ...> as did with \special in TeX.  That is,
one clearly needs an extensible mechanism for
communication with the agent (be it device driver
for TeX or user agent for *ML) but there /has/ to be
a central registry to ensure that two different agents
don't (accidentally or otherwise) use the same discriminator 
in order to detect when data is intended for them.  
That is, one needs something analogous to fully-IANA-
registered MIME types as a mandatory parameter to
<object ...> to ensure that other optional parameters
are correctly and consistently interpreted.

I'm copying this one back to the list, since it would
seem that this has somehow been overlooked ...

** Phil.
Philip Taylor, RHBNC
Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> > Hmmm, seems to leave rather a lot to chance, then!
> Yeah, well.... I feel, personally, that the <object> definition in HTML 4.01 is
> very poorly thought-out.
> Boris
> --
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Received on Monday, 3 February 2003 03:46:45 UTC

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