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Re: errata in HTML 4.0

From: Ian B. Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 1997 13:12:27 -0500
Message-ID: <349C0A8B.FF07F415@w3.org>
To: "John F. Whitehead" <jfw@cisco.com>
CC: www-html-editor@w3.org
John F. Whitehead wrote:
> 
> I have found a couple of errors in the HTML 4.0 Specification:

Thank you for your careful reading of the document. 

> 
> 1) Following the link for section 3 of the specification crashes Netscape:
> 
>    <http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/intro/sgmltut.html>
> 
>    This is true with the standalone Netscape Navigator 4.03 for Solaris
>    and with the standalone Netscape Navigator 4.04 for Macintosh.  Links
>    for all other sections do not have this problem.
> 
>    There may be a problem with the style sheets, since when I load up just
>    the HTML from my local disk, there is no problem.

I followed the link with NN 4.03 on Linux without incident. Lynx
also works. I suspect this is a Netscape Navigator problem.

> 2) In section 3.3.3, the word "elements" is duplicated.  The sentence,
>    under item #3, reads "Element types that are designed to have no
>    content are called empty elements elements."

Thank you, I will add this to the errata sheet. This error is
disconcerting
because I used a script to check for doubled words and it didn't see
these two....

> 3) There are missing attributes for the <a> anchor element on line
>    line 53 of sgmltut.html:
> 
>      <h2><a name="h-3.1">3.1</a> <a>Introduction to SGML</a></h2>
> 
>    and on line 117:
> 
>      <h2><a name="h-3.2">3.2</a> <a>SGML constructs used in HTML</a></h2>

Although the anchors without attributes are certainly uninteresting,
they are not illegal (the specification allows them explicitly
in section 12.2). 

Thanks again,

Ian

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