Re: HTML 3.2 PR (fwd)

Peter Flynn (
16 Nov 1996 03:34:43 +0000 (GMT)

Date: 16 Nov 1996 03:34:43 +0000 (GMT)
From: Peter Flynn <>
Subject: Re: HTML 3.2 PR (fwd)
In-reply-to: <v03007804aeb2b01f994f@[]> (message from Walter Ian
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   >No problem.  You'd have to be pretty clueless to have problems with it.

   What's complicated is all the "-//xxx/" stuff inside the DOCTYPE tag.
   Mere mortals cannot guess what is valid in there, and thus the safest
   things is to leave it out completely. The suggested thing to put there
   has changed so many times over the years and months that it is impossible
   for anyone to know for sure what to put. Who assigns that stuff anyway?
   Does IANA decide? W3C/ERB? You? Me? Captain Kangaroo? Who knows? Not I.

It's not complicated. Read the docs on HTML Pro.

   <!doctype html publix "+//Silmaril//DTD HTML Pro blah blah//EN">

maps to a file called
/usr/local/lib/sgml/Silmaril/DTD/HTML_Pro_blah_blah or its equivalent
under a DOS-based file system,
c:\usr\local\lib\sgml\Silmaril\DTD\HTML_Pro_blah_blah (well, Win95: I
don't know how DOS truncates this), or on a Mac,
::usr:local:lib:sgml:Silmaril:DTD:HTML Pro blah blah

The only problem arises with crud like you see in some of the
kludged-up DTDs for Netscape, where the Public Owner (company name) is