Liam Quinn (
Wed, 12 Nov 1997 13:20:17 -0500

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Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 13:20:17 -0500
From: Liam Quinn <>
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Subject: Re: PR-HTML40

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At 06:25 AM 12/11/97 -0800, Benjamin Franz wrote:
>I have placed a modified version of the 'loose' DTD (the 'strict' version
>is fantasy land for implementors today who have to deal with a 30-50% of
>market with no stylesheet support. It will be at least a year before it
>can be used for non-targeted applications.) at
>   The modifications are:
>      Changed the P, LI, DD, DT, TD, TH and TR elements to be explicitly
>      closed. This *substantially* improves stylesheet processing in 
>      current browsers and drastically reduces the mistake rate involving
>      nested tags. Implicit closing of those elements is the number one
>      source of coding errors in my experience.

You mean the number one source of browser bugs (or perhaps the "coding 
errors" you referred to were browser programmers').

>      Changed the HEIGHT and WIDTH attributes on IMG elements to
>      be #REQUIRED vice #IMPLIED. This improves perceived speed and/or
>      document display stability considerably in nearly all existing
>      browsers.

It also means that ALT text for small images is unreadable in nearly all 
existing browsers.  For this reason, many people recommend against using 
WIDTH and HEIGHT attributes for small images with important ALT text.

A nice perfect-world solution, IMO, would be to give the width and height 
in an external style sheet, which means that an image's width and height 
need only be specified once for an entire site.  Of course, it's not a 
perfect world, so this solution is garbage.

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Liam Quinn
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