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Re: What to do given both SYSTEM and PUBLIC?

From: Peter Flynn <pflynn@curia.ucc.ie>
Date: 19 Feb 1997 22:26:50 +0000 (GMT)
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Message-id: <199702192226.WAA17991@curia.ucc.ie>
Paul Prescod writes:

>Whereas the "Java world" as represented by Sun just chose a solution based
>on readily available software (.zip with no compression) and got on with
>it.  I would really like it if we could just choose a solution and "get 
>on with it." I don't care if it is as simple and inelegant as "tar" (in fact, 
>I would prefer a system that was as simple as tar).

I agree, but the solution needs to be acceptable to authors and implementors.
If it doesn't make sense to them, it won't fly, and right now, the dingdong
over PUB vs SYS comes out as a straight play between FPIs and URLs. I can
guess which one NS and MS are going to pick. Sun did an excellent job on
packaging, except picking the filetype ".zip" for something that conflicted
majorly with the established practice (read: expected behavior), which was 
a really crass thing to do. Let's not make the same mistake.

> to discover 1000s of internal "homepages" that grew overnight
> like magic mushrooms on a rich motherlode of corporate horseshit.
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Received on Wednesday, 19 February 1997 17:30:04 UTC

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