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Re: Who invented the comma tools at w3.org

From: Gerald Oskoboiny <gerald@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2016 09:23:42 -0800
To: Yves Lafon <ylafon@w3.org>
Cc: Karl Dubost <karl@la-grange.net>, www-archive@w3.org
Message-ID: <20160108172341.GD3421@w3.org>
* Yves Lafon <ylafon@w3.org> [2016-01-08 11:12+0100]
> > On 08 Jan 2016, at 00:14, Karl Dubost <karl@la-grange.net> wrote:
> > Yves,
> > 
> > By any chance, do you have the memory of who created the comma tools at W3C?
> > aka the ability to add to any URI of W3C Web site 
> > 
> > http://w3.org/,tools
> > and have the list of possible tools.
> My best bet would be Gerald, so Cc:ed him for confirmation.

Yes, I made the first one (,text), announced on Mar 18 1998.

The idea was based on something I had implemented elsewhere to
provide automatic .txt versions of HTML pages:

    From: gerald@impressive.net (Gerald Oskoboiny)
    Subject: Automagic .txt versions of HTML pages (was Re: [Q] How to force a html page to a text version)
    Date: 1997/11/18
    Message-ID: <64t9fg$88u@senator-bedfellow.MIT.EDU>#1/1
    Newsgroups: comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html,comp.infosystems.www.servers.unix

    -- https://groups.google.com/d/msg/comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html/6FWCbh9h078/aP30ZteDYggJ

We couldn't use .txt for this purpose on W3C's site due to its
use of content negotiation.

The ,tools page with the list of comma tools was added a year or
two later.

Gerald Oskoboiny     http://www.w3.org/People/Gerald/
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)    http://www.w3.org/
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