Re: HTML Pro questions

Peter Flynn (
05 Nov 1996 12:42:48 +0000 (GMT)

Date: 05 Nov 1996 12:42:48 +0000 (GMT)
From: Peter Flynn <>
Subject: Re: HTML Pro questions
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   I looked at HTML Pro DTD a bit and I have a question or two. There is XTML
   element as a global container and HTML and HEAD tags must be opened. This means
   that the minimal valid HTML 2.0 document is not valid with HTML Pro.

Correct. XTML can be omitted entirely, as it will be inferred. As
explained in the comments, it's there to allow people storing HTML
docs as multiple instances in a single file to do so and still parse.

   Namely, this:

	<title>Why can't I be the first one?</title>

Yes, I wanted to avoid missing HTML and HEAD. There was never any
intention that a HTML 2.0 file should be valid in HTML Pro, but I can
change this if people feel strongly about it. I would still rather
produce a robust DTD than cripple it with limitless backward
compatibility: it's intended for the future, not the past.

   Is there software that makes use of XTML?

OpenText and similar databases that can store multiple instances in a
single file.

   Another thing is that CLEAR attribute is left out for many elements. HTML 3.0
   specified CLEAR for virtually everything, and it would be nice to have it
   that way. In general, Lynx source has more attributes for various elements
   than HTML Pro. Comments?

Whoops. Yes, CLEAR should be in there. My fault. I have the complete
Lynx list from Fote and I'll add them. What specifically was missing?