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RE: WAI IG CALL FOR REVIEW: New Authoring Tool Guidelines Working Draft

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 17:43:46 -0500 (EST)
To: Jamie Fox <jfox@fenix2.dol-esa.gov>
cc: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.04.9902231728120.10835-100000@tux.w3.org>
I propose that we actually adopt the following checkpoint for Guideline
2.1 - Generate standard markup

2.1.2 Provide a reference within a document to the DTD which has been used
as a URI.

User Agents need to know how to interpret a document. Where, for example,
several XML varieties are used, such as the modular HTML-in-XHTML which is
being produced by W3C, or MathML/SMIL included in an HTML document,
reference to the DTD is important for parsing it. Also, it is how a
document is declared to be (for example) HTML 4.0 strict, and interpreted
as such, or MYHTML, which incorporates several extensions, and for which
the DTD is available at http://rubbish.com/my.dtd 

The use of a non-standard DTD has implications about how the content is to
be represented, and it is therefore important to know what the correct DTD

In HTML this is done by including a DOCTYPE declaration. XML uses
namespaces. These are techniques.

Question: Does reference need to include a URI? I am not sure.

Charles McCathieNevile

  On Tue, 23 Feb 1999, Jamie Fox wrote:
    Authoring Tools must allow some openness or variation in coding so that new
    code can be used.  (i.e.  HTML 5.0 can be written with a system that writes
    to HTML 4.0).  [FrontPage98 allows this while HoTMetaL Pro 4.0 does not.]
    Authoring Tools should place a standard dtd instead of a proprietary dtd
    (i.e.  <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"
    "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> )
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