Message-Id: <9510030844.AA20518@www10.w3.org> Subject: SGML and HTML To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Tue, 3 Oct 1995 18:43:58 +1000 (EST) From: "Brooke Smith" <email@example.com> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org (Brooke Smith) Greetings, I have been investigation customisation of web documents and I realised not long ago that I should inspect SGML. I have seen a product called Omnimark that uses a SGML DTD and translation code to convert the SGML document to whatever format (through translation). For instance, how I saw this being used would be a common useage, is to hold information in SGML which has tagging and attributes that describe everything about the document. Then Omnimark can be used to translate that into the less descriptive HTML (or whatever). I can see the advantages that Omnimark or a similar tool could play in customisation of web documents, and there could really be a place for SGML Web browsers over just HTML browsers. The idea is that documents sent over the web don't necessarily have to conform to some DTD, such as the HTML one, but instead the DTD and an associated translating program could be sent along with it and the SGML parser would render the document according to the DTD and translator. I would guess that there would be common formats such as HTML X so that only when that common format is updated does a new DTD and program need to be sent. This way there would be no need to agree on a static HTML standard, but could instead just have agreement on what would be in the next release. The content type would specify which version is being used, and if that versions DTD and program aren't available locally then they will always be at www.w3.org and mirrored sites. I think this is an idea to play with and wonder why it hasn't been discussed before - maybe it has and there is a reason to stick to static html documents. I would like feedback on this idea since I know this would make the creation of customised documents that much easier and I will probably persue the idea after my thesis has been submitted (but would like to talk about the idea in the thesis). Thanks for reading, BBOS -- Brooke Benjamin Oehm Smith Honours '95 Sydney University Computer Science email: email@example.com URL: <http://www.cs.su.oz.au/~bbos> "Once something's been approved by the government it's no longer immoral." Reverend Lovejoy, The Simpsons.