WAIS databases as first class WWW objects

Nathan Torkington (Nathan.Torkington@vuw.ac.nz)
Thu, 15 Apr 1993 12:58:27 +1200

Edward Vielmetti writes:

> I'd like to see WAIS databases treated as first class objects in WWW.


> This probably involves moving code from the www-to-wais gateway into
> the client library, or having "smart" clients go off and use
> "full featured" wais clients when they are presented with serviers.

I prefer the move into the client library, myself. It would be
exceptionally simple to do -- just steal some of the code from the
existing gateway and munge munge munge.

> The next step of this is to take the wais directory of servers and
> add value to it by writing a .src->.html converter that makes things
> look really nice.

Yes! Yes! Such a converter should:
o recognise news.group.format
o recognise anonymous:/ftp/references
o recognise maintainer@e-mail.addresses

Hmm, there must be more -- if that were all, I could do it with sed

s/([A-Za-z0-9-\.])+/<A HREF="news:\1">\1<\/A>/
s/([A-Za-z0-9-\.]+)(:?/?)([A-Za-z0-9-\.\/]+)/<A HREF="file:\/\/\1\/\3">\1\2\3<\/A>/