Critique of the ISO-HTML draft

Arnoud (galactus@htmlhelp.com)
Wed, 02 Apr 1997 20:05:10 +0100


From: galactus@htmlhelp.com (Arnoud "Galactus" Engelfriet)
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Critique of the ISO-HTML draft
Date: Wed, 02 Apr 1997 20:05:10 +0100
Message-ID: <m3qQz4uYOJyN089yn@htmlhelp.com>

I just finished reading the ISO HTML DTD, and although I do like
the initiative, there are several things in there that I would
like to comment on.

1) The DTD is not backwards compatible. HEAD and BODY are required,
to name just two examples.

2) In AREA, "shape=default" is omitted. This makes it impossible to
define an URL for all undefined areas in the map.

3) It does not seem possible to use ID as target of a hyperlink with
fragment identifier, like the idea was in HTML 3.0. Only <A NAME> is
suggested for this purpose.

4) The text for CAPTION suggests that for aligning stuff, you should
use something like P inside the caption. But the content model is
just %text, which does not permit P.

5) The example for CITE seems to suggest that it's now used for
*quotations* from another source ("The buck stops here", that's a
phrase, not a book title, is it?).

6) It does not seem possible to provide a caption for an OBJECT

7) The definition of SAMP differs from the one in RFC 1866. There
it says "The <SAMP> element indicates a sequence of literal characters,
typically rendered in a mono-spaced font."

8) Is there anything similar to this list to send comments like
this to?

9) For examples of the use of the <INPUT> element, please see subclauses
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[Why does the document have all these "Back to index" links
 sprinkled throughout it? That just looks silly in print.]

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