I love coming across this stuff. I always forget that Marc Andreessen is basically the father of Mosiac, Netscape and plenty of other internet startups through his VC, Andreessen Horowitz.
Here’s Andreessen’s super-duper casual proposal over email, sent on February 25, 1993:
I’d like to propose a new, optional HTML tag:
Required argument is SRC=”url”.
Lovely. Marc goes forward to say that browsers should support bitmap image filetypes, be flexible and recommends browser behavior when an
<img> has been given a non-supported filetype in the
Browsers should be afforded flexibility as to which image formats they
support. Xbm and Xpm are good ones to support, for example. If a
browser cannot interpret a given format, it can do whatever it wants
instead (X Mosaic will pop up a default bitmap as a placeholder).
Amazing to see how far we’ve come since then.