Re: Proposal for <INC SRC="URI"> Element for Compound HTML Documents.

Brian Behlendorf (
Fri, 9 Dec 94 19:47:31 EST

On Fri, 9 Dec 1994, Terry Allen wrote:
> In what contexts would you like to use INC? For example, you
> probably wouldn't want to INC another document within an H1.

I would. I'd like to be able to make the header of my document the
result of some script somewhere. I'd like to make the default value for
a form entry where I ask the user to give an email address to be by
default set to the HTTP_FROM CGI environment variable. I'd like to do
many things which right now I can only do with server-side includes (oh
yeah, and we dish out 300K web hits a day with server-side parsing turned
on for all HTML docs, so nyah nyah nyah! :) but a formal way of doing
that which would not require parsing the documents would be really nice.

> An INC'd document could be treated as an SGML SUBDOC entity, but
> that means that it would parse just fine no matter what it contains.
> Maybe this is desirable; would you propose that a browser indicate
> that an INC'd doc is some sort of inclusion, or treat it as a
> transparent part of the parent doc?

I'd like it as transparant as possible. A benefit/drawback of server-side
creation is that the client can't tell which part was dynamically generated
and which was static.

Brian "all good documents have dynamic parts"

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