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Re: LYNX-DEV news: handling

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV news: handling
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 1997 13:41:40 +0100 (BST)

> Is there a standard, or even common practice somewhere that implements
> retrieve by article number?  If so, exactly what notation does it use?

I assume we are talking URLs, as most newsreaders do it as a matter of 

You don't need a standard, although, from memory, the nntp: URL
format uses //host/group/number, and Mosaic and Lynx, at least, use
article number ranges internally with news: to build the index (which
is not, I believe, in the old URL standards).  As the nntp: URL is being
merged with news: because of the popular misuse, it would probably be
worth checking the merged news: definition.  However, the obvious extension
of the internal Lynx processing would be for a single number after the
newgroup name to retrieve the article, rather than a one line index.

If it's not clear, you don't need a standard because we are talking about
internally generated URLs which are consumed by the same browser.

> And where is it useful?  Could you spell out what it is you are envisioning?
> With more detail, perhaps some student here on this list, in search of
> a fall project, might byte off implementing the feature you are describing.

I've not looked at the code, but I think it ought to be an easy change.  The
only obvious gotcha is /s in a message ID, but these ought not to be after the
@, and there ought to be no @s in the by number format.  The other thing, if
Lynx caches the connection, is to also cache the group selection - a good
idea even for indexes.

Note that links built from the contents of articles still need to use
message-IDs, so you still need to have a properly configured server.
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