Re: Generic Markup [was:Re: deprecated tags in Wilbur & Cougar]

Jon Bosak (bosak@atlantic-83.Eng.Sun.COM)
Sat, 10 Aug 1996 11:53:52 -0700


Date: Sat, 10 Aug 1996 11:53:52 -0700
From: bosak@atlantic-83.Eng.Sun.COM (Jon Bosak)
Message-Id: <199608101853.LAA27452@boethius.eng.sun.com>
To: papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca
CC: kmc@harlequin.com, gtn@ebt.com, marc@ckm.ucsf.edu, www-style@w3.org,
In-reply-to: <199608101324.JAA18692@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca> (message from Paul Prescod on Sat, 10 Aug 1996 09:24:15 -0400)
Subject: Re: Generic Markup [was:Re: deprecated tags in Wilbur & Cougar]

| Even if all of the browsers were updated to support arbitrary GI's and
| CSS, we have only solved part of the problem. If I invent a new GI
| that I call "MyLink", how does a browser know to interpret that as if
| it were an <A> or <LINK>? We need a subclassing mechanism. Hopefully
| the SGML working group will allow this through architectural forms and
| DTDs.

Architectural forms is one way; odds are that it's what we'll end up
with.  But you could also do this by extending the link semantics in
DSSSL.  This is the approach used in the DynaText stylesheet language,
and it works pretty well.

Jon