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RE: HTML or XHTML - why do you use it?

From: Peter Foti (PeterF) <PeterF@SystolicNetworks.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2003 16:11:12 -0500
Message-ID: <A10A983C9DFBD4119F0300104B2EA6B725FF39@ZIPPY>
To: "'www-html@w3.org'" <www-html@w3.org>

I'm curious... how does the OS determine which program to open the file with
if there is no extension?  For example, if I have three files:


how does the OS know that I want to open textfile with a word processor,
htmlfile with a user agent, and binaryfile with some other associated


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Boris Zbarsky [mailto:bzbarsky@MIT.EDU]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2003 3:09 PM
> To: Peter Foti (PeterF)
> Cc: 'www-html@w3.org'
> Subject: Re: HTML or XHTML - why do you use it?
> > Yes, I was referring to Windows (or more precisely, GUI 
> OSes where you would
> > open a file by (double)clicking the icon of the file).  
> Hadn't really
> > thought about purely text-based OSes.
> BeOS is a GUI OS on which the file type has nothing to do 
> with the extension.
> On any modern Unix you open files by double-clicking them in your file
> manager.  That does not make the type depend on the extension.
> The list goes on (need I mention MacOS 9, where the type is 
> only very loosely
> dependent on the extension, if at all?).
> Of course MacOS 9 is a purely text-based OS, so we don't have 
> to worry about
> it.
> Boris
> -- 
> If you put garbage in a computer nothing comes out but
> garbage.  But this garbage, having passed through a
> very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and none
> dare criticize it.
Received on Tuesday, 7 January 2003 16:01:10 UTC

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