color: NCSA Mosaic, Netscape, and HTML3

Mike Batchelor (
Mon, 17 Jul 1995 20:26:34 -0400

I submit the following with a slight sense of alarm. NCSA is claiming
that Netscape <BODY> attributes are part of HTML v3. Go to the link this
person specifies and see for yourself. Follow the link on that page to
the sample background images and see some more mis-information. Somebody
ought to go smack the WinMosaic developers upside da haid. A lot of
people look the NCSA as a group that knows what they are talking about
when it comes to the Web.

I asked this at the authoring.html group, but I never got an

in the NCSA Mosiac final beta release notes at:

there are note on attributes for the body tag to change the colors
in a document. These appear to resemble Netscapes extensions.

I cannot find similar attributes in the HTML 3 spec at:

So, the question is: are these attributes real HTML? or did NCSA
play follow the leader to Netscape?

Does anyone know if NCSA plans to implement style sheets ever?

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