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Re: Content negotiation

From: Shel Kaphan <sjk@amazon.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 1995 19:23:17 -0800
Message-Id: <199511090323.TAA03284@bert.amazon.com>
To: hedlund@best.com (M. Hedlund)
Cc: www-talk@w3.org
M. Hedlund writes:
 > Shel writes:
 > >I think we should separate content negotiation from the issue of
 > >browser capabilities. 

 > Does "browser capabilities" == "HTML tags and attributes recognized"?

It certainly *includes* that, but it also includes information 
that has to do with the way the browser chooses to render, and
possibly other subtleties I can't think of at the moment.
I don't happen to have a list of such matters of interpretation handy,
but to be maximally useful to server application writers, such a database
would need to be able include annotations about fairly subtle
differences of browser behavior.

 > If so, can't we just derive this information from DTD's[1]?  DTD's already
 > exist for Mozilla and Hotjava -- see <URL:http://www.halsoft.com/html/>.

That seems like a good idea, and as has been mentioned before, the
URL of such documents could be made available to servers, though I
kind of like not having to go find a document out there in hyperspace,
where it might not be found reliably, etc.  It also seems like it
might be simpler to have a summary available that is more relevant to
the task at hand than to have to have a SGML parser the server
software, which is, I presume, what it would take.  A list of
(attribute, value) pairs ought to do adequately, and would be really 
simple to parse.

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