The V6 Engine
WWW browsers may be seen as the composition of a multimedia
interface, and a set of internet communications facilities. We propose
(like some other authors) to extend the communications/processing
functionalities by means of filters placed on the communication lines.
The originality of this proposal lies in an architecture to
efficiently compose filters, and in a simple use of the HTTP
protocol, without extensions, to control the configuration of the set
of filters, as well as the configuration of services embedded in each
filter. We list a number of applications that show that existing
communication protocols are sufficient for a very wide range of
browser enhancement, with little need for other APIs.
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