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Re: browser enhancement suggestion

From: Rick Troth <TROTH@ua1vm.ua.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 95 12:31:36 CST
Message-Id: <9503281843.AA24795@www10.w3.org>
To: Brian Behlendorf <brian@wired.com>, Multiple recipients of list <www-talk@www10.w3.org>
>It occurred to me that a more general solution to all this would be if
>browsers implemented a cron-style auto-fetch functionality - where I could
>say "fetch this URL every day at 3pm and let me know if it changes".

        Good idea,  Brian.   And good responses ... "yeah,  what he said".

        I wrote a not-fully-featured line-mode tool to help with
stuff like this.   I say,  cron it.   Signal the browser?   Maybe.
Obviously you'd *have* to signal the browser sometime ... somehow ...
in some cases.   But it makes sense (for now) to have an agent that
builds, say, HTML of  "things that have changed".

>Fenn home page *when*it's*changed*, and if it gets a 302 Redirect it'll
>change the URL without even telling me.

        That's a nice touch.   Yes,  that helps.   Suggests that I
should add redirection info as an optional second stream from 'webcat'.
That is,  you get the body of the file from its stdout and "meta info"
from file descriptor 2 or 3.   (not sure if I want to mix programmatic
non-error information with human readable error messages)

>So in this case, instead of storing people's section preferences in a
>huge database on the server side, as we would be doing, the person would
>define their own preferences directly in their browser,    ...

        I like Hakon's stong wording about being presently bound
to the mouse.   A browser that implements all this function should have
a CLI way to fiddle with the settings at least,  if not a CLI way of
doing just about everything.   I don't use a web browser as my desktop
interface.   Instead,  I typically invoke the browser quite like the
browser invokes 'xv'.   So I want to take input from non-human sources
to merge into my preferences.

>	Brian
>brian@hotwired.com  brian@hyperreal.com  http://www.hotwired.com/Staff/brian/

Rick Troth <troth@ua1vm.ua.edu>, Houston, Texas, USA
Received on Wednesday, 29 March 1995 14:15:59 UTC

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