Re: Local program execution in WWW browsers

David C. Martin (
Thu, 14 Apr 1994 10:56:51 PDT

We have already implemented techniques to connect X Mosaic to arbitrary
external applications to handle data types not directly supported by
Mosaic and have that presentation incorporated directly into the Mosaic
output window (with all the synchronization that implies).

If NCSA is willing to open Mosaic to external application developers via
a well-defined API and the WWW community is willing to support the
extension of HTML(+) to incorporate SGML external entities and
sub-documents, I think there is the potential of implementing a true
compound document browser.

However, without NCSA's and the WWW community's support, there is very
little hope.