>>>> "ms" == Michael Sperber
ms> In fact, W3 handles exactly the translation needed. All
ms> somebody'd have to do is hack up a file-name handler which
ms> recognizes URLs and hands them off to W3.
W3 is close, but it needs reorganization before this could be
convenient and robust.
At the moment I find I need to require 'w3 as well as 'url in order to
use the url-retrieve facility. I think we also want to implement the
HEAD method (or whatever it's called) in order to get the file's
"attributes" as much as possible without downloading it. I don't
think w3 does yet. This needs to be cached since HTTP is in principle
stateless == connection per transaction (although w3 may implement
persistent connections, I don't know if servers are required to do so
even in HTTP 1.1). I don't know how much of this w3 does, and I'm
pretty sure it is not done at the url library level.
Finally, w3 is in general in sad repair; I don't think Bill is doing
much with it at the moment (he posted a cry for help a few months
back, and that's about it). I know that T. V. Raman has expressed
interest in packaging Emacspeak as an XEmacs package, but he is also
concerned about the maintainership of w3.
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