Carl Morris (msftrncs@htcnet.com)
Sat, 21 Sep 1996 21:40:53 -0500

Message-Id: <199609220244.VAA15884@inet.htcnet.com>
From: "Carl Morris" <msftrncs@htcnet.com>
To: "WWW HTML List" <www-html@w3.org>
Subject: title
Date: Sat, 21 Sep 1996 21:40:53 -0500

For better understanding, I want to argue about something with others
who may be able to shed some light on the subject...

HTML is always stating that <TITLE> is required.  I honestly see no
reason why, it doesn't always have a meaningful purpose, but the main
arguement is that HTML also describes that <HTML> and <HEAD> are not
required...  If I take this right though, a proper implementation must
only accept <TITLE> inside <HEAD> and then must only accept <HEAD>
inside <HTML>...  what is it that allows <TITLE> to be a requirement
but the others not?  Does the use of <TITLE> also bring in the
assumption of the <HEAD> and <HTML> tags?  If so, would it be incorrect
to place <TITLE> at the end of a document?  I do not see such a
requirement made in the HTML specification...  Is it this same kind of
assumptions that make MSIE decode TXT files as <HTML> files when they
include HTML tags? (this is not fully tested, but rename an HTML file
to TXT and send it to MSIE with a content type of text/plain and MSIE
will instead render the HTML...

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