[whatwg] Web Documents off the Web (was Web Archives)

Jon Barnett jonbarnett at gmail.com
Mon Apr 16 15:03:58 PDT 2007

On 4/16/07, Jon Barnett <jonbarnett at gmail.com> wrote:
> RFC 2557 was mentioned in the last thread.
> http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2557
> After reading it in detail (and indeed writing a script to send HTML with
> inline images as attachments), I quite like it.  It's simple and obvious
> enough and allows for a fallback to a real internet URL if a corresponding
> URL exists.
> The main gripe about it was that binary data is base64 encoded, which adds
> size to the file in the end.
> A couple benefits to MHTML over ZIP are that HTTP headers are preserved
> and that the Content-Location header can directly associate a resource with
> it's Internet-hosted version, removing the need to change all the URLs
> (absolute or relative) in a document (and related documents, such as CSS
> files) to make it usable offline.
> zipping the final MHTML file could help with size.
> Considering that there's already a standard, the trick is getting browsers
> to support it.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MHTML
> That pages tells a lot about what can save as MHTML but not enough about
> what can open and read MHTML.

Jon Barnett
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