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Re: color: NCSA Mosaic, Netscape, and HTML3

From: Mike Batchelor <mikebat@clark.net>
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 1995 22:16:07 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <199507180216.WAA16857@clark.net>
To: www-html@www10.w3.org
Jack Beslanwitch once wrote...
> Mike,
>         I could be wrong about this, but I seem to remember that the body
> background elements including the text colors elements implemented in
> Netscape are in the html 3.0 dtd or at least one of them that I read.  The
> main elements that are clearly not in the dtd are blink and embed.  Again, I
> could be wrong on this, but I believe this to be so.

I just checked the DTD again, and the only BODY attribute is background,
which indicates a URI for a texture tile for the document background.  No
text colors, link colors, vlink colors, etc.  Yet the NCSA WinMosaic pages
say they all are part of HTML v3.

> At 08:26 PM 7/17/95 -0400, you wrote:
> >I submit the following with a slight sense of alarm.  NCSA is claiming
> >that Netscape <BODY> attributes are part of HTML v3.  Go to the link this
> >person specifies and see for yourself.  Follow the link on that page to
> >the sample background images and see some more mis-information.  Somebody
> >ought to go smack the WinMosaic developers upside da haid.  A lot of
> >people look the NCSA as a group that knows what they are talking about
> >when it comes to the Web.
> >
> > ---from comp.infosystems.www.browsers.ms-windows---
> >I asked this at the authoring.html group, but I never got an
> >answer.
> >
> >in the NCSA Mosiac final beta release notes at:
> >http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SDG/Software/WinMosaic/Docs/RnotesFB.htm#HTML
> >
> >there are note on attributes for the body tag to change the colors
> >in a document.  These appear to resemble Netscapes extensions.
> >
> >I cannot find similar attributes in the HTML 3 spec at:
> >
> >http://www.w3.org/hypertext/WWW/MarkUp/html3/docbody.html
> >
> >So, the question is: are these attributes real HTML? or did NCSA
> >play follow the leader to Netscape?
> >
> >Does anyone know if NCSA plans to implement style sheets ever?
> >
> >C  h a r l e s    P e y t o n   T a y l o r         ctaylor@nps.navy.mil
> >The opinions and views expressed       ##  even though we're on our own,
> >are my own and do not reflect          ##        we are never all alone,
> >Those of the Naval PostGraduate School ##  when we are singing, singing.
> > ---end excerpt---
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