Re: HTML should not be a file format, but an output format

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Sun, 23 Mar 1997 12:55:43 -0500


Message-ID: <33356E9F.1393@csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 1997 12:55:43 -0500
From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: HTML should not be a file format, but an output format

Steven Champeon wrote:
> I must ask - what is SGML to you? I thought it was a standard for
> defining document types such as HTML. HTML, therefore, would be an
> instance of an SGML DTD. There is no such thing as ``tagging files
> in SGML'' apart from using a specific tagset.

The DTD should be chosen based on the needs of the document, and not
based on what arbitrary set of tags Netscape has decided to implement
this week. That is what people mean when they talk about storage in SGML
"vs." storage in HTML.

 Paul Prescod