Re: color: NCSA Mosaic, Netscape, and HTML3

Mike Batchelor (
Mon, 17 Jul 1995 22:16:07 -0400 (EDT)

Jack Beslanwitch once wrote...
> Mike,
> I could be wrong about this, but I seem to remember that the body
> background elements including the text colors elements implemented in
> Netscape are in the html 3.0 dtd or at least one of them that I read. The
> main elements that are clearly not in the dtd are blink and embed. Again, I
> could be wrong on this, but I believe this to be so.

I just checked the DTD again, and the only BODY attribute is background,
which indicates a URI for a texture tile for the document background. No
text colors, link colors, vlink colors, etc. Yet the NCSA WinMosaic pages
say they all are part of HTML v3.

> At 08:26 PM 7/17/95 -0400, you wrote:
> >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.
> >
> > ---from
> >I asked this at the authoring.html group, but I never got an
> >answer.
> >
> >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?
> >
> >C h a r l e s P e y t o n T a y l o r
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