Re: Finger URL

Rick Troth (
Sun, 21 Aug 1994 21:35:43 +0200

> It seems worthwhile to have a Finger URL, comments please.

It should be


where "extra" is still up for grabs. More comments, please.

> -Reed Wade
> Finger URL
> ...
> examples:


= finger://

> type
> If the type field is present it refers to a MIME content type.

This sounds great! Not sure where it should be, though.

> Note that /'s must be escaped.


> If type is ommited it defaults to text/plain but with one
> difference: <UR?:xxx>'s found in the text stream should be
> made selectable by WWW browsers. If this feature is not desired,
> text/plain should be indicated explicitly.

Hmmm... I think I'd prefer for the server to munge things
like this. I started work just last week on an HTML "finger" agent.
The package has two sides: text/plain and text/html. The URL should
allow the client to request either.

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