Re: ANNOUNCE: NCSA X Mosaic 2.6b1 Released

Brian Behlendorf (
Thu, 6 Apr 1995 03:48:00 +0500

On Thu, 6 Apr 1995, Dave Thompson wrote:
> o HTTP header Accept now lists only */* instead of a long string of MIME
> types.

Since there are parts of HTML 3.0 in the browser now (tables), could you
*please* add

Accept: text/html; level=3

as per the W3O directive? Even better would be something like

Accept: text/html; level=3; q=1.0
Accept: text/html; q=0.5

That way those of us with content-negotiating servers (yes,
is now a content-negotiating server - compare in
arena and netscape, and look closely at the source. Arena can't parse the
Content-type header with extra info quite right yet so the HTML 3 is tagged
as text/html for now instead of text/html;level=3 but as soon as arena is
fixed we'll change) can dish HTML 3 pages to HTML 3 clients and HTML 2 to
HTML 2 clients. I know X Mosaic doesn't support all of HTML 3 yet, but the
only way we're going to have a smooth transition is if the above happens even
while HTML 3 is being developed.

If I add a "please" would this help things? :) I'd rather not have the
server negotiate based on User-Agent instead!