Re: HTML 4.0 and SGML ... RTFM? (was Re: XMP)

Peter Flynn (
12 Aug 1997 17:01:33 +0100

Date: 12 Aug 1997 17:01:33 +0100
From: Peter Flynn <>
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Subject: Re: HTML 4.0 and SGML ... RTFM? (was Re: XMP)

> It wasn't so much that browser makers didn't read the docs; they just 
> made HTML readers (buggy & incomplete ones at that), not SGML+
> HTML readers.   If the specs clearly noted the use of CDATA, INCLUDE, 
> IGNORE etc. there'd have been support added.

Umm. Possibly. The meeting here in Cork which explained all this to the
browser makers was very explicit though.

> Which comes to mind. These and other SGML markers should be
> _explicitly_ discussed in the HTML 4.0 specification.

No chance...too late for HTML. And for XML they are painfully aware of it.