Re: html & style

Howard Harawitz (harawitz@fox.nstn.ns.ca)
Wed, 26 Oct 1994 20:51:29 -0300


Date: Wed, 26 Oct 1994 20:51:29 -0300
Message-Id: <199410262351.UAA15521@Fox.nstn.ns.ca>
To: www-html@www0.cern.ch
From: harawitz@fox.nstn.ns.ca (Howard Harawitz)
Subject: Re: html & style

Why not incorporate a special tag that would indicate that included text was
using an HTML "dialect" or "variant"? Browsers that could understand that
particular dialect would interpret the tags, others would ignore them.

The MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) encoding system, used for
reproducing music on synthesizers, incorporates a set of standard commands,
but uses "System Exclusive" codes for commands that are specific to a
particular manufacturer and/or synthesizer.

The HTML equivalent might look something like this:

<SYSEX MCOM1>

<FONT TimesRoman12> 
Some text 
</FONT>

<BACKGROUND RED>
some text <p>
</BACKGROUND>

</SYSEX>

Companies could then register their "HTML variant", with its tags and
meanings, and others who wanted to implement them would be able to.

Something like this would provide a standard for deviating from the standard
- which is why it was introduced into the MIDI specification.

Howard

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Howard Harawitz                           harawitz@fox.nstn.ns.ca
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