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From: JumpJet Mailbox <jumpjetinfo-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w <at> public.gmane.org>
Subject: Re: Server Contact Information
Newsgroups: gmane.network.gopher.general
Date: Monday 14th January 2008 19:37:39 UTC (over 9 years ago)
To address these issues point by point...
   
  About 1/3 of the existing Gopher Clients can NOT recognize a document
written in the HyperText Markup Language [HTML] natively (experiment for
yourself with the Clients at:  gopher://home.jumpjet.info/11/Begin_Here/Clients
).  This ability to read HTML was backfitted to several Clients only years
after the initial release of the Gopher protocol, and never made it into
some of the older Clients (external reading of an HTML file is of course
possible with any Client).
   
  With some major Gopher Servers, if you add the file to the "menu" (where
you can indeed associate a label to the file), the file will appear TWICE
on the page (once, at the beginning, as the Server reads the menu file; and
again later on as the Server lists the files in the directory).  An example
is a page served-up by the GopherS Server.
   
  The Majority of available Gopher Servers are Gopher0, NOT Gopher Plus. 
Also the majority of Gopher Servers connected to the Internet are NOT
Gopher Plus.  Gopher Plus is ONLY a PROPOSED extension to Gopher, and was
NEVER officially adopted as a standard.
   
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  Regardless, 
  it is stupid NOT to include Server Contact Information on a Gopher Server
connected to the Internet.  What you get when contact information is not
included, are issues like Cameron experienced, which prompted this thread. 

  
"Aaron J. Angel" 
wrote:
  Avery M. wrote:
> Is this part of the Gopher standard or did you invent it just now?
> 

Invented. The document referenced is a proposal. A few comments about 
the referenced document...

The inability to embed links into a document is not the fault of the 
protocol, but a fact of that document's format. One can easily serve a 
Hypertext document on a Gopher site and links will work just fine.

Also, Gopher *can* "associate a freeform label directly with a file"; 
this is done in the menu.

There's also a standard mechanism to identify attributes of Gopher items 
using Gopher+, e.g., +INFO, +ADMIN, +ABSTRACT blocks, effectively making 
the proposal unnecessary.




       
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