Re: HTML 3.2 PR

James Aylett (
Sat, 16 Nov 1996 17:24:00 +0000 (GMT)

Date: Sat, 16 Nov 1996 17:24:00 +0000 (GMT)
From: James Aylett <>
Subject: Re: HTML 3.2 PR
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Someone wrote recently in the quite frankly bizarre argument about HTML
as an SGML application:

> I wrote an additional letter stating it would be wise to address both
> developers and authors differently in this matter.  To a developer that
> is not going to process SGML, he better stop after the <! and wait for
> a >, because the part of trying to find the -- will only complicate
> matters.

This is quite patently rubbish (as everyone else has pointed out). For

<!-- Link removed until it's been corrected <A HREF="blah">stuff</A> -->

Many early browsers fell down on it, clearly incorrectly. Anyway, it
appears that we're fighting a rather silly battle here; could I possibly
suggest that some form of basic FAQ is written about this sort of thing
and distributed to new members of www-html? This way there should be less
chance of having this silly argument - and also it would give a load of
information, or at least references and some basic information, to people
interested in the subject. When I joined this list I knew very little
about SGML, or the formal definition of HTML as an application of it, and
I found the W3C site a little unclear when I was trying to look for the
formal definition, because I didn't, for instance, know what DTD meant.

Just a thought ...


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