Re: Inlined image format

Jon E. Mittelhauser (
Tue, 25 Jan 94 14:10:09 CST

At 02:45 PM 1/25/94 EST, wrote:
>> From: (Jon E. Mittelhauser)
>> The advantage to using Gifs, however, is that the document will be viewable
>> in all browsers that support inlined images. If you add a new format, the
>> document will only be viewble by a very limited set of people...
>> At least in terms of Mosaic, we have currently only agreed to support gifs
>> and xbms on all three platforms...
>Perhaps I'm missing something, but why does the capability of the
>browser affect the viewability of a document? Why do all the browsers
>have to have the same capabilities?

Because they are viewing the document in the browser? They don't
*have* to have the same capabilities but most document authors want
to know a minimum set that all will support. I (as an HTML author)
know that if I create a document using inlined gifs that any browsers
which support inlined images (e.g. GUI browsers) will display the
document as I intend. The same cannot be said for any arbitrary

>If a browser is extended to view TIFFs inline why can't I indicate
>that in the .mailcap? If the browser is not capable of viewing inline
>then the .mailcap can direct the image to an external viewer.

You are being extremely X-centric here. Most of the world isn't running

Also, inlined images and external images have a very different use in
practice. If I find a document that has 10 inlined images that are
links to other pages or files and they are launched into 10 external
windows how in the world do I know which is which?!?


Jon E. Mittelhauser (
Research Programmer, NCSA                          (NCSA Mosaic for MS Windows)
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