Re: HTML4.0 draft: comments re: inclusion of frames

Arnaud Le Hors (lehors@w3.org)
Tue, 09 Sep 1997 15:02:35 +0200


Message-ID: <341548EB.9AD404D4@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 09 Sep 1997 15:02:35 +0200
From: Arnaud Le Hors <lehors@w3.org>
To: Dave Carter <dxc@ast.cam.ac.uk>
CC: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: HTML4.0 draft: comments re: inclusion of frames

Dave Carter wrote:
> 
> On Tue, 9 Sep 1997, Arnaud Le Hors wrote:
> 
> > > I am very disappointed and alarmed at the inclusion of Netscape's 'frame'
> > > construct within the draft HTML4.0 specification.
> > >
> > > I wish to express, in the strongest terms, my concern that frames should not
> > > be allowed to enter the rulebook of standard HTML.
> >
> > I just would like to point out that the "standard HTML" is what the W3C
> > members want it to be.
> > --
> > Arnaud
> 
> And who are they and who appoints them??

W3C "is open to any organization which signs a membership agreement."
[http://www.w3.org/Consortium/]

> W3C is not a standards body under
> any international agreement that I know of.

I never meant otherwise and this is why I had put quotes around
"standard HTML"...

> ISO is the standards body, and
> when they get around to issuing it, ISO-HTML will be "standard HTML". No
> body that is prepared to put <FRAME> in a standard and not <MATH> should
> be entrusted with standards.

First, beware that W3C is working with ISO. Second, Maths are important
enough to W3C that it has a Working Group for it
[http://www.w3.org/Math/]. Third, it's up to ISO members to decide what
should go or not in ISO-HTML, just as it is to W3C members to decide
what goes in HTML 4.0. But realize that many companies out there are
actually members of both organizations.
-- 
Arnaud