Re: Form elements and the rest of the document

Arnoud (galactus@stack.urc.tue.nl)
Wed, 10 Jul 1996 11:00:52 +0200


From: galactus@stack.urc.tue.nl (Arnoud "Galactus" Engelfriet)
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Form elements and the rest of the document
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 1996 11:00:52 +0200
Message-ID: <EF34x4uYOFVX089yn@stack.urc.tue.nl>

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In article <9607100454.AA08264@Etna.ai.mit.edu>,
Sunil Mishra <smishra@Etna.ai.mit.edu> wrote:
> Why is it that the DTD for HTML 3.2 allows tags like INPUT and TEXTAREA
> (which don't appear to have much of a function outside of a form) to appear
> outside the context of a form? In fact, they seem to fit into a great many
> contexts, here's the list I have collected:

The idea is that you can use all the tags you mention to "dress up"
a form. It is not a strict requirement, but all the tags which belong
in forms should appear in the context of a form somewhere. Things like
<SUP><TEXTAREA NAME=foo ROWS=1 COLS=1></SUP> are legal, but quite
pointless.

It's not a parser's job to make sense of HTML. That is up to the
renderer. It seems reasonable to me that you can safely ignore form
tags which do not appear inside a form.

Galactus

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