Re: HTML 3.2 PR

Marc Salomon (
Fri, 15 Nov 1996 15:18:33 -0800

From: "Marc Salomon" <>
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Date: Fri, 15 Nov 1996 15:18:33 -0800
In-Reply-To: "R. S. van Keuren" <>
Subject: Re: HTML 3.2 PR

|I suggest that HMTL 3.2 not make the <!DOCTYPE tag a required tag,
|but instead use a simpler syntax, such as <VERSION or <DOCTYPE, or
|add an option to an existing tag.
|Reason:  <! in HTML indicates a comment.

<! does not indicate an HTML comment.  Comments are usually indicated with the
<!-- ... --> construct, among other ways.

the <!DOCTYPE...> construct is the SGML (ISO-8879) standard way of expressing
which external DTD is used to parse the document instance that follows.