Re: Viewer Engine

From: Joe D Willliams (
Date: Sun Aug 06 2000 - 06:18:08 PDT

Hello Grant,

My experience says that most every browser will support XHTML (basic HTML 4
markup, no embedded style), except for possible problems with style sheets.
In any event, we should not have any style markup in the XML file. In the architecture if we need
to retain some style or script info, then we may need to generate these
files alongside the backlink file for later use by the view generator. Right
now since we are just dealing with e-mail, the user is possibly doing the
work of, for example, copy and paste part of a complex web page into e-mail
form so that we can start to process it. OHS will be greater service if it
can accept and preserve complex formatting and scripting and even
applications when the user thinks it is important to developing content. For
now, though, I think we just want to archive in a standardized (by us in
Eric's suggested e-mail markup) XML.

ECMAScript usually stands a better chance of working cross-platform than
either older NS or MS versions. I don't think we need to worry about full
support for old browsers like NS 4 or MS 4 - only a tool with support for
XML, DOM, and dom extensions following (and leading) w3c will be useful for
this project.

Thank You and Best Regards,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Grant Bowman" <>
To: <>
Sent: August 06, 2000 1:51 AM
Subject: Re: Viewer Engine

> * Joe D Willliams <> [000806 05:54]:
> > > > Question: What spec HTML is the target? HTML 4 with style
> > > > sheets and the like? Assume mozilla and msie 5 or should be
> > > > be fully compatible with NS4 ?
> >
> > I put a comment on the Wiki page, and I would say to use XHTML and
> > ECMAScript.
> Joe, do you know what are the lowest browsers that support these?
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