Re: HTML 3.2 PR: Please add CLASS attribute!

Carl Morris (
Fri, 22 Nov 1996 18:23:00 -0600

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From: "Carl Morris" <>
To: "Arnoud \"Galactus\" Engelfriet" <>,
Subject: Re: HTML 3.2 PR: Please add CLASS attribute!
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 1996 18:23:00 -0600

| Why isn't the CLASS attribute available in HTML 3.2? It is a real 
| pain that you can't use style sheets on documents and keep them 
| HTML 3.2 compliant. 

Welcome, you just saw my light as to why I won't use a validator...  I
don't think I should have to live by the rules of some DTD...  HTML was
an extendable format, then it should be able to be extended without
requiring a new DTD to understand it...  I wisH validators would go

"WARNING: unrecognized"

ranther than

"ERROR: Get rid of this, you can not use it"

| The addition of the attribute (supported by MS IE 3, so it would
| fall under the "current browser" flag) would not hurt *anything*
| on non-supporting browsers.  The STYLE element, and the <LINK
| REL=stylesheet> method provide a reliable way to include style
| information in the document. 

BTW I think that HTML 3.2 does define CLASS as a future extension...
they just are not ready to document it...  If you want to validate your
CSS stuff you have to use a DTD that contains the CSS extensions...

| of this attribute, just something like "-- for future support of
| style sheet--" would be more than enough.

Thats whats in there now (Was the last time I looked anyway...