<HTML> tags... a dead issue?

Bob Kaehms <kaehms@sedbsvr.se.ssd.lmsc.lockheed.com>
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From: Bob Kaehms <kaehms@sedbsvr.se.ssd.lmsc.lockheed.com>
Subject: <HTML> tags... a dead issue?
To: www-talk@nxoc01.cern.ch
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 94 14:34:00 PST
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I went back and forth a bit with celloTom and mosaicJon a bit today (sorry to
drag you guys into this) because I was trying to figure out a solution to
going from Mosaic/Cello --> gopher -- WAIS, and returning an html doc.

Doing this on a unix box, I took a lucky guess and put a <HTML> tag at the
top of a html doc being returned.  When I viewed this on the unix box, the
thing viewd fine.  Tom said that it was an unofficial tag that was being 
thrown around a while back, and that some viewers, including cello handle it
OK.  MosaicWIN, and I assume MosaicMac, ignore the tag and view the doc as
plain text... 

Is this a dead issue?  Isn't this a simple way to handle some funky gateway
problems that will continually pop up? Is there another way such as filename
extensions that would work as well.  Is there a decision near? Was there already
a decision made?

Sorry to beat a dead horse...
I'll take my answers off the air.