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Re: Errata in XHTML 1.1

From: Jan Roland Eriksson <jrexon@newsguy.com>
Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2001 18:30:32 +0200
To: www-html-editor@w3.org, www-html@w3.org
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On Fri, 01 Jun 2001 04:42:29 +0200, Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>

>Referring to http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/REC-xhtml11-20010531
>appendix b.1:
>  Why has the normative reference to ISO 8879:1986 (SGML) been commented
>  out?

XHTML v1.0 mentions ISO 8879:1986 in exactly one place only...

  1.1 What is HTML 4?
    HTML 4 [HTML] is an SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language)
    application conforming to International Standard ISO 8879, and
    is widely regarded as the standard publishing language of the
    World Wide Web.

...the XML v1.0 spec lists ISO 8879:1986 under the headline of...

  A.2 Other References

...and not under the headline of...

  A.1 Normative References

...and there is no explanation for the word "Other" as to describe if
that one also means "normative" or not.

My own interpretation is that the W3 creation called XML is not intended
to be normatively tied to ISO 8879:1986 as a profile of SGML, in which
case XHTML can't be normatively tied to ISO 8879:1986 either.

But the clarity of the subject is overwhelming :>

Jan Roland Eriksson <jrexon@newsguy.com>
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