Re: ISO and HTML

Jukka Korpela (
Wed, 2 Apr 1997 14:20:20 +0300 (EET DST)

Date: Wed, 2 Apr 1997 14:20:20 +0300 (EET DST)
From: Jukka Korpela <>
To: Paul Prescod <>
Subject: Re: ISO and HTML
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Previously Paul Prescod wrote:
"ISO is not competing with the W3C or IETF. They are
validating W3Cs efforts in an international forum."

On Wed, 2 Apr 1997, Paul Prescod wrote:

> The CENTER element was a brain-dead Netscape-ism - -
> DIR and MENU have not found market acceptance - -

and so on. So you admit that the intention _is_ to make ISO HTML
different from HTML 3.2 after all. There will be debates on the
_desirability_ of this and that feature instead of just writing up
a more rigorous specification. Probably endless debates. (A somewhat
naive comment from someone, saying we want MATH, sounds promising
in this sense. Still, I'm a bit sad about wasted human resources.
People involved would certainly be competent to do very useful things.)

> ISO HTML is not for the people who who are confused about HTML 2.0, 3.0
> etc. ISO HTML is for the corporations and governments - -

Really? Does it say so? It is really beneficial for the World Wide Web
community to have a different standard for corporations and governments
than for the rest of us? What kind of standardization is that?