[whatwg] Web Documents off the Web (was Web Archives)
mjs at apple.com
Mon Apr 16 14:03:17 PDT 2007
On Apr 16, 2007, at 1:39 PM, Tyler Keating wrote:
> I'm bringing this up again with a different tact, because the more
> that I think about it, the more I believe it has the ability to
> significantly change the perception and application of HTML and I
> would really like to keep the discussion alive. In the previous
> thread, I proposed a standard for archiving web sites into a single
> ZIP archive with a unique file extension and although it didn't get
> any outright negative feedback, it didn't drum up too much
> excitement either. If you can bear with me, I'd like to describe
> the idea again in a slightly different light.
A cross-browser web archive format sounds like a useful thing.
However, I don't think it should be part of or even tied to the HTML
spec. In principle, such an archive could contain any browser-
viewable content as the root document. This could be HTML, XHTML,
SVG, generic XML, plain text, a raster image, or any number of other
things. So such an archive format is logically a separate layer and
should be specced as such.
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