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Re: A question/suggestion for HTML 2.0 or 3.0

From: Michael Mealling <Michael.Mealling@oit.gatech.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Aug 1995 14:08:19 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <199508171808.OAA01300@oit.gatech.edu>
To: jamesc@harlequin.co.uk (James Casey)
Cc: Michael.Mealling@oit.gatech.edu, www-talk@www10.w3.org
James Casey said this:
> At 15:59 17/8/95, Michael Mealling wrote:
> >I'm sitting here hacking Mosaic code so that it can understand URCs and
> >it occurs to me that a very powerful addition to the Anchor tag would
> >be a META attribute that specifies meta-information that is not within
> >the document itself.
> But this has the problem that the author of a document has no control over
> the meta information associated with the document.  

Having no control is a desirable thing in many places: 
Peer review of documents
third party review for appropriate material for minors 
cataloging by librarians
electronic corpora

> Having meta information
> specified in the HEAD as an associated LINK'ed resource would seem to be 
> the  correct way to do this.

Ok, from my reading of the 2.0 and 3.0 specs I see no way to do the
function I want. I want to be able to get the meta-information for
a given resource BEFORE I actually get that resource. If you put the
LINK in the HEAD then you have to get that resources head before you
can find out anything about it. 

> This is not the proper place to put meta-information about a document, but
> perhaps to put meta-information about the link itself ( whatever that 
> might mean ??? )

So where would you put information about whats on the other side of
the link before you get it?


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<HR><A HREF="http://www.gatech.edu/michael.html">Michael Mealling</A>
Received on Thursday, 17 August 1995 14:08:29 UTC

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