Re: WWW program to fetch document source?

Tim Berners-Lee (
Wed, 3 Mar 93 08:51:07 +0100


> Begin forwarded message:

> Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1993 23:41:07 PST
> Sender: Bill Janssen <>
> From: Bill Janssen <>
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> Subject: WWW program to fetch document source?

> Is there a simple WWW tool which will will take a UDI or URL (and
> is officially used these days by WWW?)

URL is the term for something limited to an address. URI
means a URL OR something which looks like it but is a name
in an abstract space. The IETF WG talks about URLs only as
no namespace exists. [[The URI term has had a hard time as
noone accepts the concept of a (name or address) as some people are
so hot on defending the essential difference of names and addresses]]

> and write the source of the
> document to stdout? Something like

> wwwFetch file:// >/tmp/a

> I notice that ``www -n -source'' still does a bit of formatting,
> to confuse Postscript and GIF files.

Really? A few months ago (Oct 92, version 1.3a I think)
a shortcut was introduced so that the
-source option pipes the source direct (CRLF and all) to stdout.
"Should work"! It was particularly needed (and tested)
for postscript. Before, the source was treated as a plain text file,
and wrapped at the line length.

> Bill