Re: Proposal: WIT over USENET or Mail

Tim Berners-Lee <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 1994 10:22:24 +0200
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Subject: Re: Proposal: WIT over USENET or Mail
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> From: Ehud Shapiro <>
> - A general news URL which allows access to any news server on the
> 	Internet, in the form of "news://nntpserver_address/article".
> 	Owners of the news group may decide  whether to flood it
> 	through Usenet (i.e. make it global), and whether to allow
> 	remote browser access and posting, through standard NNTP/INN
> 	mechanisms.

This has been discussed on the URI list.  (If it were WIT it would
be easy to refer to.!)  I am against the idea as it is a perversion
of the NNTP protocol for uses which eth HTTP protocol was designed.
You can do the same thing just by running a local HTTP gateway
into a local newsgroup.

> - A mechanism in Web browsers which allows posting articles in
> 	any news group on any news server.  Posting from an article is
> 	a followup to a thread, and posting from the news group index
> 	opens a new thread.

I would suggest allowing posting to anything, be it
news article or web article (subject to permission).

> - A Newsgroup-Mailing list bidirectional reflector.  The reflector will
> 	automatically post new mailing list articles to a specified
> 	news group, and will automatically mail a new news group
> 	posting to a specified mailing list.

These exist.