Reading news via WWW browsers

Marc Andreessen (
Mon, 1 Mar 93 10:04:08 -0800

Sheaffer Gad writes:
> Using the same indexing method as TIN, it will embed a link into
> the end of each article that will point to the next one in the
> thread, in addition to links in the beginning of the article
> that point to the previous article in the thread and to the
> start of the thread.
> Also having a menu of threads instead of a menu of postings at
> the news group entrance, makes the menu more compact and the
> access more convenient.

Good idea! I can't wait to see your code... :-).

(I agree that TIN is the best newsreader I've seen so far in terms of
threading, etc. -- would be a good place to steal code from, if it's

> 2 - The newsreader part should in my opinion be part of WWW, not the browser.
> That way the effort will not be duplicated in each and every
> browser. In the same way that WWW uses gophers and WAIS servers,
> it can use distributed news servers, that know how to feed it
> hypertext.

Except these hypertext news servers don't exist yet. Again, can't
wait to see the code... (also, would be a pain in the butt to get the
current NNTP servers moved over to the new code -- probably better to
just rely on existing servers until the whole news population moves to
the next level of functionality -- and who knows, maybe that will be

> 3 - Is there a way to read news groups not carried locally via the WWW ?
> We have here a rather limited selection on newsgroups (only 1500
> or so :-) Some people are not that fortunate, and I know of many
> groups we do not carry either. Additionally, postings are kept
> here only for about 3 days.
> So - how about a facility to read news at the source?

Well, there's no such thing even in the news world itself, so I don't
know how we can do any better...

> 4 - At least in viola there is no way to save locally a news article, thread
> or any remote file (sort of FTP it over). How about other
> browsers ?

Mosaic lets you save/mail/print the current document (article), in
HTML, plaintext, or formatted text. I'm not up to date on the other
browsers anymore.


Marc Andreessen
Software Development Group
National Center for Supercomputing Applications