Deprecating FONT and CENTER

Marcus E. Hennecke (marcush@crc.ricoh.com)
Fri, 31 May 1996 11:50:52 -0700


Date: Fri, 31 May 1996 11:50:52 -0700
From: marcush@crc.ricoh.com (Marcus E. Hennecke)
Message-Id: <199605311850.LAA00802@cougar.crc.ricoh.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Deprecating FONT and CENTER

I just looked at the "Wednesday 31-May-96" version of the HTML 3.2 DTD
(I suppose this should be Friday?) and noticed that neither CENTER nor
FONT have been declared deprecated. Wasn't there considerable consensus
on this list that they should be? Or at least that there should be a
strict version without those elements?

I suggest the following:
1.  See if there is rough consensus on having a strict version of 3.2
2a. If yes, somebody with more experience in writing DTDs needs to
    figure out what changes are necessary so that FONT and CENTER are
    not in the strict version. Propose those changes to W3C and we're
    done.
2b. If no, see if there is rough consensus on declaring FONT and/or
    CENTER deprecated and goto step 3.
3.  If it was decided to deprecate FONT and/or CENTER, figure out what
    changes are necessary and propose them to W3C.

My personal vote would be for having a strict version without FONT and
CENTER *and* for deprecating FONT and CENTER (actually I am not sure if
there is a difference).

Marcus
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