Re: Proposal: WIT over USENET or Mail

Tim Berners-Lee (
Mon, 13 Jun 94 10:17:00 +0200

> From: Ehud Shapiro <>
> - A general news URL which allows access to any news server on the
> Internet, in the form of "news://nntpserver_address/article".
> Owners of the news group may decide whether to flood it
> through Usenet (i.e. make it global), and whether to allow
> remote browser access and posting, through standard NNTP/INN
> mechanisms.

This has been discussed on the URI list. (If it were WIT it would
be easy to refer to.!) I am against the idea as it is a perversion
of the NNTP protocol for uses which eth HTTP protocol was designed.
You can do the same thing just by running a local HTTP gateway
into a local newsgroup.

> - A mechanism in Web browsers which allows posting articles in
> any news group on any news server. Posting from an article is
> a followup to a thread, and posting from the news group index
> opens a new thread.

I would suggest allowing posting to anything, be it
news article or web article (subject to permission).

> - A Newsgroup-Mailing list bidirectional reflector. The reflector will
> automatically post new mailing list articles to a specified
> news group, and will automatically mail a new news group
> posting to a specified mailing list.

These exist.