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

=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Claus_Andr=E9_F=E4rber?= (w3-html-list@faerber.muc.de)
Tue, 12 Aug 1997 21:58:00 +0200


Date: Tue, 12 Aug 1997 21:58:00 +0200
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Subject: Re: HTML 4.0 and SGML ... RTFM? (was Re: XMP)

Rob <wlkngowl@unix.asb.com> [list.w3-html]:
> 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.

Wasn't that one design goal for HTML? That HTML, although it is a valid  
SGML application, has a very simple syntax, which can be parsed by  
browsers that don't (want to) know anything about SGML.
Now, as browsers have become more and more advanced, we ask for the  
features that have been (intentionally?) left out for simplicity in the  
first place.

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Claus André Färber <http://www.muc.de/~cfaerber/> <faxto:+49-8061-2057>
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