Re: end tags...

Carl Morris (msftrncs@htcnet.com)
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 16:12:37 -0500


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From: "Carl Morris" <msftrncs@htcnet.com>
To: "Arnoud \"Galactus\" Engelfriet" <galactus@htmlhelp.com>,
Subject: Re: end tags...
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 1996 16:12:37 -0500

| There are LOTS of cases where the situation is less clear...
| 
| <BLOCKQUOTE>
| Hi there
| <H1>And me too!</H1>
| yeah right...
| </HTML>
| 
| H1 is permitted inside BLOCKQUOTE. How is a browser supposed to
| know if I left off the BLOCKQUOTE end tag or the H1 contents should
| be part of the quotation?

How, ask your self how??????????  By defining it!  If all browsers did
the same thing, you could expect the same results...

I am not saying all end tags are 100% optional ... no no no no... 
Thats were I guess the HTML designers want to get away from...  All
other tags are "may be optional" or in my terms at least "may be able
to be infered"...  the content model of any tag is what defines what
can be infered...

| And it gets even more messier with the "bodytext" construct, which
| basically says that <BODY>Hello there</BODY> is entirely legal.

I think HTML 3.0 called it backwards compatibility, a switch in the
parser ... for legacy documents only...  its not technically valid...