Date: Mon, 27 May 1996 04:26:42 -0500 (CDT) From: Steven Clift <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: HTML 3.2 Standard Review - GOVPUB Posting Message-Id: <Pine.SOL.3.91.960527042213.3158B-100000@northstar> Enclosed is a recent posting to the GOVPUB or Government Publishing on the Internet list. It would be great to get reaction from those on www-html why underlining is not one of the text attribute tags available under HTML 3.2. Underlining is fundamentally important for the display of proposed legislation. My general opinion is the lack of this tag will be a significant set back to making proposed legislation from various parliaments and legislatures available in HTML. Comments would be great appreciated. Steven Clift North Star Project, State of Minnesota http://www.state.mn.us ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 27 May 1996 04:19:34 -0500 From: Steven Clift <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Multiple recipients of list GOVPUB <GOVPUB@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU> Subject: HTML 3.2 Standard Review Yea! It looks like the big players are finally settling down on a new updated HTML standard. I have included the text of the page below: http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/MarkUp/Wilbur/ They do ask for comments, but it looks like a fairly closed case. The one important text mark-up element that is missing is _underlined text_. The lack of this attribute will likely slow down the availability of HMTL formatted legislation that looks like the original stuff (they did include striked-out text!?). I suggest that folks send in comments on this issue. Otherwise a quick read of their summary seemed satisfactory. Having an active standard will help those of us who get asked about what HTML standards should be followed - my previous answer of "shoot for the anticipated HTML 3.0" never did make people very happy. :-) Steven Clift State of Minnesota Here is the text from the page listed above: Introducing HTML 3.2 HTML 3.2 is W3C's new specification for HTML, developed together with vendors including IBM, Microsoft, Netscape Communications Corporation, Novell, SoftQuad, Spyglass, and Sun Microsystems. What's new in HTML 3.2? Relative to the HTML 2.0 standard, HTML 3.2 will add widely deployed features such as: tables applets text flow around images superscripts and subscripts A description of HTML 3.2 elements includes a few minor changes relative to HTML 2.0 as well. What features are planned in future HTML specifications? W3C continuing to work with vendors on extensions for multimedia objects, scripting, style sheets, layout, forms and math. W3C plans on incorporating this work in further versions of HTML. See The W3C Activity Statement on HTML for details. What happened to HTML 3.0? HTML 3.0 was a proposal for extending HTML published in March 1995. The Arena browser was a testbed implementation, and a few other experimental implementations have been developed (see: the Yahoo list of browsers, including UdiWWW, Emacs-W3, etc.). However, the difference between HTML 2.0 and HTML 3.0 was so large that standardization and deployment of the whole proposal proved unwieldy. The HTML 3.0 draft has expired, and is not being maintained. What materials are available for HTML 3.2? The following draft materials represent the consensus of an editorial review board within the W3C, as of April of 1996. They are still under revision, subject to W3C member review and public review. HTML 3.2 Features at a Glance Brief description of all HTML 3.2 elements Document Type Definition This defines the syntax of HTML as an SGML application See HTML testing for validation services. Catalog File This can be used with SGML parsers like sgmls to bind FPIs to file names ISOlat1.sgml Defines character entity names for accented Latin-1 alphabetic characters Table of Latin-1 character glyphs This is provided to allow authors to pick a glyph and to include it in their documents as a numeric character entity, e.g. £ is the "#" sign. Press Release As released on May 7th, 1996 A working draft with greater details on each element will be available for review shortly. The expected release date is July 1. How do I give feedback and suggestions? Before suggesting new features for HTML, please review the HTML activity statement, as well as the WWW FAQ and the archives of www-html and other discussion forums. After researching the issue, if you determine that your suggestion is novel and valuable, you should consider writing a W3C working draft or an Internet Draft. Regarding feedback on the HTML 3.2 specification, please keep in mind that the current draft represents a significant investment in time and effort by the W3C editorial review board for HTML, and significant changes are not expected. Review comments should take the form of corrections and detailed wording changes; but large feature changes are out of scope. The most useful input is in the form of: test cases (for example, add them to browsercaps) suggested wording for the spec corrections to the DTD specific, detailed examples (including document markup) demonstrating problems and solutions. The forum for public review will most likely be the www-html mailing list. Stay tuned for details.