HTML2: No Plain List of Items in Spec, implications for HTML3

John C. Mallery (JCMa@wilson.ai.mit.edu)
Sun, 7 Aug 1994 00:18-0400


Date: Sun, 7 Aug 1994 00:18-0400
From: John C. Mallery <JCMa@wilson.ai.mit.edu>
Subject: HTML2: No Plain List of Items in Spec, implications for HTML3
To: www-html@www0.cern.ch
Message-Id: <19940807041808.1.JCMA@JEFFERSON.AI.MIT.EDU>

1. There is no way in the HTML2 spec to have a plain list of items, which is
essentially <UL> minus the <LI>'s that would yeild bullets.

So, what about inserting some tag, e.g. PLAIN?

2. For my taste, HTML3 should not have n different enumeration markup tags.
It should have one that is parameterized for the different behavior.

3. In general, there is considerable room for reducing the size of primary
HTML tags by implementing general concepts with parameters.  Better
abstraction will compress the language and this will be an important way to
add more features while keeping the language small.  It will also make
evolution easier and learning simpler.