Date: Fri, 5 Jun 92 19:53:52 +0200 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Francois Groff) Message-Id: <9206051753.AA03322@dxcern.cern.ch> To: email@example.com Subject: Re: HTML and bitmaps One more comment on this: > (I think the WWW protocols would require that the data be uuencoded, > since I don't think they will allow 8bit data) WWW can inherently use several protocols to fetch data. Some of them may be limited to 7-bit characters, but the WWW architecture itself is designed with full 8-bit bytes. In particular, the HTTP protocol that we have defined supports 8-bit data. However, HTML, our language for describing hypertext, is based on SGML which is essentially a 7-bit construct (actually, it can only handle a predefined set of characters). Your impression may come from the fact that in the current implementation, as HTTP can only return HTML documents, the distinction between them is not clear. The new phase of HTTP that we are currently designing will be able to handle documents of arbitrary types. These documents are then processed by the client program depending on its own capabilities, with the possible help of external converters or applications, much like the Xwais.filters stuff. -- Jean-Francois Groff (firstname.lastname@example.org) World-Wide Web initiative CERN, ECP division, CH-1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland Phone +41 22 767 3755 -- Fax +41 22 767 7155 -- Engineers think that theory approximates reality. | Mathematicians never Physicists think that reality approximates theory. | make the connection.