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Author Jacobs, Ian ♦ Dubost, Karl ♦ Haas, Hugo
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract User agents---that is browsers and other programs that deal with the Web---can fail the user in many ways. This article, by three people deeply involved with the development of the Web, documents some typical common user agent problems, and suggests correct ways of working.<BR><BR>The authors use several Web-specific technical terms, so let me list the important ones here:<BR><BR>• Fragment identifier: the part of a URI Web address after a `#' character, typically identifying a sub-part of a document (e.g. http://www.example.com/index.html#contact).<BR>• HTTP: hypertext transfer protocol - the protocol used for transferring documents between a server and a client.<BR>• Media type (also known as MIME type): an identifying string like "text/html" or "image/gif" used by servers and clients for identifying the type of a document.<BR>• PNG: a bitmapped image format, like GIF and JPEG, but with better user experience properties<BR>• RFC: `Request for comments' - the name given to Internet standards published by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force)<BR>• SVG: structured vector graphics: a non-bitmapped image format that scales better than bitmapped formats like PNG, GIF and JPEG.<BR>• URI: (Universal resource identifier) a `Web address', such as http://www.acm.org<BR>• URI scheme: the part of a URI before the colon, such as http: and ftp:<BR><BR>---Steven Pemberton
Description Affiliation: W3C (Dubost, Karl; Haas, Hugo; Jacobs, Ian)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1999-03-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal interactions (INTR)
Volume Number 9
Issue Number 3
Page Count 9
Starting Page 36
Ending Page 44


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Source: ACM Digital Library