Subject: Re: color: NCSA Mosaic, Netscape, and HTML3 Message-Id: <MICHAELJ.firstname.lastname@example.org> From: email@example.com (Michael Johnson) To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Terry Allen) Cc: email@example.com (HTML discussion list) Date: Fri, 21 Jul 95 10:18:05 EDT Terry Allen writes: >> Unmatched quote in tag (which means it saw something like <foo "bar> > which I realize is not really an error) > >why not? I haven't consulted the standard, but sgmls doesn't find >the end of the literal: > >Document ended invalidly within a literal; parsing ended Perhaps I should have been more explicit. The following: <img alt="> some text <"> is, according to , a valid construct. However, my parser will look at this and assume that it's more likely to be an erroneously unclosed literal inside of a tag than a literal that happens to contain '<'. I deliberately chose to do it this way because people rarely (probably never) use '>' and '<' in literals, but they often forget to close literals, thanks to the brain-dead parsers in Mosaic and Netscape. I do something similar in a case like this: <a href="http://foo.bar.org/" <img alt="some text"></a> When I see this, I assume that the author omitted the trailing '>' on the anchor tag. I flag this as a lexical syntax error and implicitly insert the missing '>' character. References:  http://www.iaf.nl/~abigail/HTML/Myth/myth.html Michael Johnson Relay Technology, Inc.