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Obsolete elements in HTML 4.0 final draft

From: Brian Mitchell <brian@mindbendr.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 11:59:46 -0500
Message-Id: <v03007800b09b69ecfd1f@[198.240.105.42]>
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
Dear w3.org,

While I realize that this may be a minor issue to some, it is
still an issue of concern to those who work in the professional 
creation and implementation of HTML each and everyday.  In 
specific, I am refering to the section obsolete elements within 
final draft of HTML 4.0:

(http://www.w3.org/TR/PR-html40/appendix/changes.html)

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A.1.3 Obsolete elements

The following elements are now obsolete: XMP, PLAINTEXT, and LISTING. 
For all of them, you should use the PRE element instead. 

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While I do not see a problem with making the PLAINTEXT and LISTING
element obsolete, I do, however, see many problems with the 
abandoning of the XMP or "example tag".  By using the PRE tag, HTML
is still rendered regardless of this tag.  Though, the XMP is 
specifically for showing such syntax.  

Also, I did not see any mention of the CODE element.  Exactly what
is the current status of this ?  And should there be any suggestions
to use *both* CODE and PRE in A.1.3, instead ?  

Thank you for your time.  I sincerely hope that this conflict will 
be resolved in this version of the HTML specification in order to 
prevent further problems in the future.



B R I A N   M I T C H E L L 
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