Mail etc. syntax support in WWW _clients_

Daniel W. Connolly (
Fri, 02 Sep 1994 12:29:27 -0500

In some cases, all this business of converting mail, gnu info, FAQs
etc. to html on servers adds value: folks tend to add database searching
support; they tend to make the stuff generally more accessible to WWW
clients while they're at it.

But wouldn't it make a lot more sense to support mail syntax and gnu
info syntax in WWW clients?

Every HTTP client already has code to parse RFC822 headers to deal
with HTTP return messages. The same code could be used to parse mail
messages from local disk, or from FTP servers, etc.

Support for viewing message/rfc822 (with recursive MIME body part handling...)
and gnu info format object should be part of libwww.

I've done message/rfc822 support in a protype client, so I know it can
work. And I know other folks have done info->html converters.