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Re: LYNX-DEV news: handling

From: Klaus Weide
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV news: handling
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 1997 13:58:42 -0500 (CDT)

On Thu, 16 Oct 1997, David Woolley wrote:

> However, I believe the world has recently bowed to the Netscapism of
> treating news: and nntp: the same, and nntp: is being phased out in
> favour of a news: with combined semantics.  It is possible they have
> a development version with this change in broken form.  (NB, as this
> is presumably the internally generated news: URL, it doesn't have
> to obey the world rules, only its own ones.)

Comment on the parenthesis:

It is however a nice benefit if that "internally generated" URL happens
to also be globally valid.  After all there is nothing that prevents those
private URLs from escaping the context of a Lynx page.  They can be
bookmarked, saved to a file, sent to a different machine as mail ( \ p )
and so on.  IMO that is more important than the benefit of saving a NNTP
server a bit of work, as in your following suggestion:

> Note to the Lynx implementors: on nearly every server, retrieve by message-ID
> is more expensive than retrieve by article number.  Having recently verified
> a posting to the microsoft hierarchy by telnetting to msnews, I suspect that
> the Microsoft implemenation may linear search the history file (message-ID
> database).


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