Re: Netscape 1.1 and Accept: headers

Brian Behlendorf (
Mon, 6 Mar 1995 15:48:49 +0500

On Mon, 6 Mar 1995, Robert S. Thau wrote:
> I just downloaded my copy of Netscape 1.1 beta 1, very happy to see them
> exploring with tables and other 3.0 features in a mostly standard way.
> However, I was very dismayed to see that the Accept: headers did *not*
> include something indicating it was HTML 3.0-ready, like text/x-html3 or
> text/html; version=3.0.
> Agreed, with a caution --- while Netscape 1.1 does support tables, it
> does not yet support many features of the current 3.0 draft DTD
> (<fig>, <note>, and <math> just to name a few that jump out at me from
> viewing the W3O's HTML3 walkthrough using Netscape 1.1). So, if we
> call what Netscape accepts right now "HTML3" (however that's spelled),
> it could bite us *again* down the line.

Comparing the consequences between a almost-HTML-3.0 browser viewing
HTML 3.0 pages and a not-more-than-HTML-2.0 browser viewing HTML 3.0 pages,
I think the former case is much preferable, particularly if it helps
encourage the almost-HTML-3.0 browser become fully-HTML-3.0.