Re: What ever happened to <person>, <abbrev> etc. tags

Walter Ian Kaye (
Fri, 11 Apr 1997 01:08:29 -0700 (PDT)

Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 01:08:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Walter Ian Kaye <>
Subject: Re: What ever happened to <person>, <abbrev> etc. tags
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On Fri, 11 Apr 1997, Robert Rothenburg 'Walking-Owl' wrote:

> Somewhere between 3.0 and 3.2 a bunch of 'logical' tags like <person> 
> <abbrev> and <acronym> were removed.

Actually, nothing was removed from 3.0 -- it simply withered away and died.
3.2 does not linearly replace 3.0, it simply follows it numerically. I know
this doesn't make sense to you; it doesn't really make sense to anyone else
either! It's just the way things turned out, for a variety of reasons.

HTML 3.0 was designed by committee; 3.2 grew from the marketplace. You could
think of an immovable object (committee desires) meeting an irresistible force
(the market, aka NCC and MS), and the result is an unfortunate nonlinearity in
the development of HTML.

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