Re: Call for Review: HTML 3.2 Proposed Recommendation

Peter Flynn (
12 Nov 1996 00:08:44 +0000 (GMT)

Date: 12 Nov 1996 00:08:44 +0000 (GMT)
From: Peter Flynn <>
Subject: Re: Call for Review: HTML 3.2 Proposed Recommendation
In-reply-to: <> (message from Dan Connolly on
Message-id: <>

I think the W3C are to be congratulated on making this call for
comments. I honestly never thought their members would allow it.

    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2 Draft//EN">
Isn't it about time the W3C registered as a Public Owner?

In the light of recent comments, I think the use of comma-separated
decimal RGB values should be encouraged and the use of #rrggbb hex
should be deprecated, but this obviously needs the support of the
software authors, who I suspect are reluctant to change.

I think the inclusion of DIR and MENU is a crazy piece of pointless
backward compatibility. They should be removed, or at the very least
strongly deprecated - unless some browser plans to do something
meaningful with them at last (any sign of this?)

Similarly XMP, LISTING and PLAINTEXT have been so long gone from HTML
as to make them obsolete rather than deprecated. Browsers can continue
to support them as meaningless cruft, but they have no business being
in the DTD.

All elements need the following attributes as standard:

  id	ID	#IMPLIED	-- Document-wide unique ID--
  class	CDATA	#IMPLIED	-- Comma-separated list of classes-- 
  style	CDATA	#IMPLIED	-- Style info for this occurrence only-- 
  title	CDATA	#IMPLIED	-- Advisory title (rec'd max 64 chars)-- 
  lang	NAME	#IMPLIED	-- RFC 1766 language value-- 
  dir	(ltr,rtl)	#IMPLIED	-- Directionality--

If <input type=file> is allowed, then shouldn't
<form enctype="multipart/form-data"> also be allowed?