[whatwg] Client-side includes proposal
elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Tue Aug 19 05:55:48 PDT 2008
Ian Hickson wrote:
> Server-based offline Web apps are applications that are served by a remote
> server and then cached locally; this is very different from non-Web cases
> such as documentation on a local filesystem or on CD-ROMs. In the case of
> non-Web content, the use of HTML is an academic point, since any format
> would work as well.
Really? Why? and how? That's certainly not self-evident.
Aside from embedded links, which can point into the file system and are
usually relative anyway, there's very little web-specific about HTML.
It's just one format that can be served over HTTP or read from a disk,
just like PDF or text/plain or OpenDocument.
HTML has some nice characteristics like resolution independence, direct
editability as text, and automatic reflow; but these are in no way
limited to network transfers. For many use cases, especially
cross-platform ones, HTML is the formatted text format of choice.
A properly designed HTML spec should not require, prohibit, or
preference a document being read from the network or from a local file
system or via any other protocol. HTML 1 through 4 and XHTML 1 and 2 had
this important characteristic. I hope HTML 5 does as well.
Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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