Re: X Mosaic, FTP and PASV

Frederick G.M. Roeber (
Mon, 6 Dec 1993 11:12:59 +0100

Friday evening, I said:

>> If we had a place for storing information related to a document,
>> (do we? There's talk about a "Hyperdoc" type in HTAnchor.c, but
>> it's never flushed out.), then the size (as a number) should be
>> put there. Then all those browsers that currently give transfer
>> status in bytes could give it as a percentage.

Then Dave replied:
>In the HTML+ spec I introduced a SIZE attribute for anchors with
>this in mind. People persuaded me to take it out, but maybe we
>should put it back again :-)

Actually, I meant in the standard libwww C code.. I'm one of the
folks who's firmly in the "information like this doesn't belong
in the html anchor" camp myself.

I was thinking that if the in-memory structures the browsers used
for the document anchors had such spaces, then perhaps another
selection (e.g., shift-m1 or m3) could get and display header
information from protocols (like http) which support it. Things
like ftp, where directory listings give it for free, would just
stick it in.

<a href="">Frederick</a>