Netscape has announced plans to submit a push technology standard to the World Wide Web Consortium which will rival Microsoft?s CDF standard and leave the push technology industry teetering on the brink of a great divide.
According to Netscape officials Channel Profile File Object (CPFO) allows users to create push information channels and configure options like how much and how often information is sent to them relatively easy.
?CFPO is a configuration file on the web server that specifies the URLS and schedule intervals between web updates? said Sam Sethi marketing manager for Netscape in the UK.
The object is similiar in function to Microsoft?s Channel Definition Format except it resides on a web server. ?CPFO is a server side configuration, whereas CDF sits on the client? said Sethi.
Netscape believe that Microsoft is trying to force the W3C to ratify CDF by announcing lots of content and ISV support before the standard is officially approved. Last month Microsoft announced the support of almost 30 vendors, for CDF, including big push names such as Pointcast Backweb Technologies.
?If the W3C consortium rafitifies CDF we will support it? said Sethi ?but standards bodies dont like to be pushed around.?
Netscape plans to include its push technology in upcoming versions of its browser. By the end of the second quarter the company plans to offer a $29 upgrade to Communicator which will provide users with Marimba?s channel technology and a new technology called Web tops which allows corporates to create desktops of information which they can send down to their users.
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