Re: Conditional HTML Alternatives

Scott E. Preece (
Mon, 18 Mar 1996 10:01:25 -0600

Date: Mon, 18 Mar 1996 10:01:25 -0600
From: (Scott E. Preece)
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In-Reply-To: Paul Prescod's message of Mon, 18 Mar 1996 10:36:42 -0500
Subject: Re: Conditional HTML Alternatives

From: Paul Prescod <>

|#3.The third solution is actually pretty nice, I think. We can require all
|new elements to _contain_ a NOXYZ tag. So if we go back in time and were
|recreating HR, it would be

Unless I'm missing something, this only helps if there's a single spec
for the given element.  That is, a TABLE/NOTABLE distinction doesn't
help if there are Netscape 1.2 tables and Netscape 2 tables and HTML 2+
tables and HTML 3 tables and...  WIth marked sections you don't have to
depend on distinguishable element tags, but can have a richer set of
feature test names.

I'm inclined to believe that this is mostly a transitory problem - that
a couple of years from now the "core" functionality will cover a much
larger part of the space and the divergences will be for historical
support and for stuff that is much further away from common
requirements.  I'd go further - I'd say that if that isn't true, we will
have lost and something significanly different will be emerging to
replace the whole mess.  Perhaps handing the lead to W3C will make that
coalescence happen...


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