Re: Gopher support in X Mosaic, cosmetic suggestion
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Cc: Martin Hamilton <>,
Subject: Re: Gopher support in X Mosaic, cosmetic suggestion 
In-reply-to: Your message of "Sat, 12 Jun 1993 18:32:14 MDT."
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Date: Sun, 13 Jun 1993 12:23:40 +0200
> Seems to me people are addressing the wrong end of the pipe with regard to
> gopher support. XMosaic shouldn't have to do anything in particular with
> gopher info. Shouldn't it really be up to the HTTP server (or gateway) to
> present gopher information in a more palatable form? It's a very minor
> change to NCSA's HTTP server to get it to put out nice looking gopher
> listings with in-lined images, etc. for example.
> To do this, all you have to do is modify a few of the fprintf lines in the
> spew_and_free_array subroutine inside http_gopher.c.

Huh?  As far as I know there is no gateway involved when www clients
like XMosaic access Gopher servers: support for the Gopher protocol is
built in the client.  (There may be a gateway in existence
nevertheless, but it must be intended only for access through clients
that don't know the Gopher protocol yet.)

--Guido van Rossum, CWI, Amsterdam <>