Re: <FIG> implies <P>?

Jeremy Hylton (
Thu, 13 Jul 1995 09:03:06 +0500

Date: Thu, 13 Jul 1995 09:03:06 +0500
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From: Jeremy Hylton <>
To: "Daniel W. Connolly" <>
Cc: Ka-Ping Yee <>, Rainer Klute <>,
Subject: Re: <FIG> implies <P>? 
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>>>>> "Dan" == Daniel W Connolly <> writes:

  Dan> I just had a discussion with Dave Raggett about this... <FIG>
  Dan> is meant to compliment, not replace, <IMG>. There's a lot of
  Dan> history behind the current spec. Some of it is technical, but
  Dan> some of it is political stuff that I won't go into.

  Dan> Suffice it to say that HTML 3.0, like many other markup
  Dan> languages, includes two idioms for graphics: the <img> element
  Dan> for phrase-level stuff, like little funny characters or inline
  Dan> icons (or inline math formulas or ...) and <fig> for "displayed
  Dan> formulas" or graphic callouts or ... .

I don't think this really explains why <fig> must break paragraphs. My
notion of "displayed formulas" and other things that are typically
called "figures" is that they may fall within a paragraph.

Is there a good reason why <fig> can't be changed? 

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