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Re: Using htlm editors to produce clean code?

From: LBehrens <LBehrens@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 17:42:13 -0700
Message-ID: <355E3264.33B0C93D@worldnet.att.net>
To: A.Flavell@physics.gla.ac.uk
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Alan J. Flavell wrote:

> 
> I'm not a subscriber to this list, but I found [a thread, the origin 
> of which was a request for help in improving the output of an 
> otherwise acceptable-to-the-originator WYSIWYG application] and felt 
> impelled to comment. ... [much opinon snipped] ... much effort is 
> being spent (I may say wasted)  on trying to bolt-on additional 
> accessibility to these misconceived web documents, when, if the 
> originals had been designed in accordance with the principles and 
> practices of the original WWW concept, no repair would have been 
> necessary ...
>

Most unbiased observers of the Web would probably agree that the
original WWW concept was that everyone (unskilled individuals included 
if not in particular) have a venue and tools to publish globally 
without being subjected to long periods of training.

The original poster has found a tool which (for his purposes) does 
just that, but which lacks provision for a DOCTYPE declaration and 
which also inserts a few other annoyances into the documents.

What is needed is not for everyone exposed even temporarily to the
internet to be goaded into becoming highly-skilled HTML authors; 
rather we need to find temporary solutions for the problems inherent 
in the present tools (which is exactly what the original poster
requested).

Does anyone out there know a way to force the Composer segment of 
Netscape Communicator to include a DOCTYPE declaration, as a step 
toward validation and accessibility, as requested by the original
poster?

Regards, Larry Behrens
http://betacomm.com/
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Received on Saturday, 16 May 1998 20:41:00 GMT

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