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Re: move "SGML limited support" info to appendix

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 13:45:37 -0600
Message-ID: <34539DE1.76FE@w3.org>
To: "Ian B. Jacobs" <ij@w3.org>
CC: www-html-editor@w3.org
Ian B. Jacobs wrote:
> 
> Dan Connolly wrote:
> >
> > (not speaking as WG chair here)
> >
> > Please consider moving:
> >
> > 3.2.6 SGML features with limited support
> > http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Group/9710/WD-html40-971024/intro/sgmltut.html#h-3.2.6
> >
> > to Appendix B
> > http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Group/9710/WD-html40-971024/appendix/notes.html
> 
> I added the following paragraph to
> http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Group/9710/WD-html40-971024/convent.html:
> 
>    User agents must not render SGML processing instructions (e.g.,

FOR PETE'S SAKE! BE CAREFUL NOT TO MAKE DESIGN CHANGES!

The current spec says SHOULD:

	"Processing Instructions <?your user agent should hide these> "

Changing "should" to "must" is a change in the language.
DO NOT DO THAT WITHOUT MY EXPLICIT CONFIRMATION.


Seeing this makes me lose almost all confidence that the spec
reflects the intent of the WG. It fills me with
the need to review the WHOLE THING.

I've felt this way for a while, but I haven't found time to
do the review. As you can see, I started over the weekend,
but I'm not nearly finished.

On the good side, I was pleased with the comprehensiveness
of the spec, and the more I looked at it, the more I liked
it.

But I don't seem to be able to impress upon you the
need to NOT change the technical details when you change
the editorial content.

Sorry if this sounds drastic... you sent me your reasons
for "stage freight" before the release; these are mine.

-- 
Dan Connolly, W3C HTML Working Group Chair
http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Sunday, 26 October 1997 14:44:14 GMT

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