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Re: self-contained html file format

From: Roland Bluethgen <calocybe@web.de>
Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 11:29:43 +0100
Message-ID: <3E2E7297.90101@web.de>
To: www-html@w3.org
CC: Josh Haberman <joshua@haberman.com>

Josh Haberman wrote:
> HTML is probably the most portable document display format after plain
> text.  However, its use as a document exchange and archival format is
> diminished by the inability to embed binary data, most significantly
> images.

The data URL scheme might be for you. This enables you to embed images 
in HTML like this:

<IMG SRC="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODdhMAAwAPAAAAA ...

See RFC 2397. There's an example page in german language at 
The image there is such an inline data stream.

Netscape browsers understand this for several versions now. Microsoft 
browsers up to version 5 didn't understand this, don't know what version 
6 thinks about this, but I wouldn't be optimistic. ;-)
Received on Wednesday, 22 January 2003 05:29:25 UTC

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