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RE: OBJECT, inheritance, and rendering

From: Braden N. McDaniel <braden@shadow.net>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 1998 12:41:55 -0700
To: "'David Perrell'" <davidp@earthlink.net>, "'HTML'" <www-html@w3.org>, "'Style'" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001101bdbf16$c5fd00c0$7422dbd0@bonezero>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: www-style-request@w3.org [mailto:www-style-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of David Perrell
> Sent: Monday, August 03, 1998 9:37 AM
> To: 'HTML'; 'Style'
> Subject: Re: OBJECT, inheritance, and rendering
> Braden N. McDaniel wrote:
> >Note: That URL refers to the Proposed Recommendation. The
> matching section
> >in the Recommendation can be found here:
> >
> > <http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/struct/objects.html#h-13.5>
> Thanks for reminding me my bookmarks need updating.
> >I still perceive the problem I mentioned with monochromatic
> inclusions
> (such
> >as text files). Section 13.5 of the HTML spec appears to
> speak only to the
> >inclusion of other HTML files. Besides, I maintain that it
> would be a Good
> >Idea to treat monochromatic inclusions uniformly where color
> is concerned.
> Text inclusions via OBJECT are generally useless without standardized
> rendering. What treatment would be most useful to authors?
> Should a text
> OBJECT be the client-side equivalent of a server-side include
> -- a means to
> assemble content fragments at display time?

I don't like that idea. I'm not averse to the notion of a client-side
inclusion mechanism, but I don't think it should be tacked onto OBJECT's
functionality. AFAICT, every other media type OBJECT can include has a
notion of residing in its own box--why should text be different? I think it
would be most useful if a plain text file were rendered in its own box, as
pre-formatted text (that, after all, is how a browser will display a plain
text file if it is brought up in the main window).

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