Ecology Gophers

Don Gilbert gilbertd at sunflower.bio.indiana.edu
Wed Dec 9 20:16:49 EST 1992

In article <1992Dec9.003034.26951 at u.washington.edu> pkemp at BYRON.U.WASHINGTON.EDU (Paul Kemp) writes:
>What good are GIFs at a Gopher site?  It was my understanding that Gopher could
>only deal with ASCII and .hqx (something for MACs) formats.

Gopher can deal with many/any file type (just give us time to get it
in right...).  For instance, I have GIF and Postscript and JPEG image
files on the IUBio Gopher hole, as well as RTF Rich Text (== word processor
full format with images).  Some gopher clients can deal with all of these and
display them (e.g., GopherApp on Mac), several others can deal with
GIF, others will be able to in the future.  Most gopher clients can now
deal with plain binary data (e.g., compressed files in various formats,
or image or other data).

Please bear in mind that this Gopher method of network information sharing 
is fairly new and evolving rapidly.

-- Don

Don Gilbert                                     gilbert at bio.indiana.edu
biocomputing office, biology dept., indiana univ., bloomington, in 47405

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