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Re: Editorial comments (last ones ;)

From: Ian B. Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 09:12:56 -0500
Message-ID: <34953AE8.9A1E1B74@w3.org>
To: Gerald Oskoboiny <gerald@w3.org>
CC: www-html-editor@w3.org
Gerald Oskoboiny wrote:
> "9.3.4 Preformatted text: The PRE element"
> http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/Group/9712/PR-html40-971205/struct/text.html#h-9.3.4
> IMG is excluded from PRE:
>     <!ENTITY % pre.exclusion "IMG|OBJECT|BIG|SMALL|SUB|SUP">
> Which makes the following type of page invalid:
>     http://ugweb.cs.ualberta.ca/~gerald/validate/lib/
> (this is a directory index generated by Apache or NCSA; it must be
> in use in millions of pages on the Web.) This is a safe, reasonable
> use of IMG within PRE.
> I still think it's a mistake to make this type of thing invalid,
> but I've tried to get this changed a number of times in the past
> (in HTML 3.2 as well), with no luck. Maybe I should just give up?

In http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/w3c-html-wg/1997JulSep/0642.html,
Chris Lilley writes:

> ... I have never heard a convincing reason for
> disallowing IMG in PRE, for example. PRE then becomes a generic block wrapper,
> like DIV, but with some presentational semantics thrown in.

From a cursory search of the HTML WG archives, that's all I found
on the subject of IMG in PRE. I fear that the WG (or the Chair)
won't approve such a change -- however smart it may be -- at such
a late date.


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