Re: quotes around tags and escape sequences

Edward Vielmetti (
Mon, 30 Nov 92 23:37:23 EST

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To: Dan Connolly <>
Cc: "Tony Johnson (415) 926 2278" <>,
Subject: Re: quotes around tags and escape sequences 
In-Reply-To: Your message of Mon, 30 Nov 92 21:42:47.
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 92 23:37:23 EST
From: Edward Vielmetti <>

if we're double-quoting the
         href="gopher:// Stuff"

so there's no question where the beginning of the reference is and
where the end of the reference is, then I should think there's no

Really, though, the gopher reference is (in gopherspeak)

Name=An arbitrary, but meaningful name
Path=Some Stuff

And the "href=" is just a way to squash it down to a single string.
It could just as well be a set of attributes and not a single one.

<a gopherhost="" 
   gopherpath="/Some Stuff" 
An arbitrary, but meaningful, name</a>

expresses the meaning of what's going on in a way that's far closer to
how SGML might do it as far as I have been able to make out...Dan is
that actually legal SGML?

This being a general flaw of URL, really - the idea was to make short
strings that are printable, but as access methods get more complex a
set of attribute=value pairs may make things quite a bit easier, 
for parsing and quoting as well as mapping from one access class
(gopher links to telnet sites) to another (www native support for telnet).

  Edward Vielmetti, vice president for research, Msen Inc.
        Msen Inc., 628 Brooks, Ann Arbor MI  48103 +1 313 998 GLOB