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Re: HTML variants and content negotiation

From: Leslie Daigle <leslie@bunyip.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 18:18:11 -0500
Message-Id: <199601162318.SAA08108@beethoven.bunyip.com>
To: Brian Behlendorf <brian@organic.com>, www-talk@w3.org
Cc: leslie@bunyip.com
[Some time ago, Brian Behlendorf wrote:]

> II.  Introduce conditional constructs to HTML.  Basically create a new 
> content-type, text/cond-html, say, and have it use either marked sections 
> or PI's to implement a IF(feature|NOT feature), THEN (block) ELSE 
> (block).  The "feature" would again be a registered keyword, which 
> browsers would be responsible for setting appropriately.  Browsers which 
> supported cond-html would indicate so in their accept headers of course, 
> so there's still a big role for content negotiation.

Although this sounds like a smaller-granularity situation than MIME
typically handles, would not the multipart/mixed and multipart/alternative 
facilities of MIME be a useful way of handling this?  

Obvious advantages include the degree of standardization MIME has
already gone through, and the fact that HTML is already using MIME
constructs like Content-Type.




"The difference between Believing and Understanding     Leslie Daigle
   is a Rational Explanation..."                        leslie@bunyip.com
                                                        Montreal, Canada
                          -- ThinkingCat
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