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Re: ISO-HTML

From: Jukka Korpela <jkorpela@cc.hut.fi>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 11:13:44 +0300 (EET DST)
To: www-html@w3.org
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On Mon, 13 Apr 1998, Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor wrote:

> It looks like ISO-HTML (ISO/IEC 15455:1998) is an actual ISO standard now.

It may look like that, but it isn't.

>     <URL:http://woodworm.cs.uml.edu/%7Erprice/15445/FinalCD.html>

Did you look at the date there? Well, I don't remember what exactly
it means to write 1998-00-00 according to the ISO date standard,
but it really suggests to me that the document isn't final yet. :-)

A more official copy of the document seems to be at
  ftp://ftp.cs.tcd.ie/isohtml/FinalCD.html
At the same site, you'll also find
  ftp://ftp.cs.tcd.ie/isohtml/19yy.html
with a link to
  http://www.ornl.gov/sgml/wg8/document/1944.htm
which contains information about the standardization process.

But the real status of the document is revealed only to those
enlightened souls who can speak fluent ISOese. My uneducated guess
is that "CD" means here "Committee Draft". (I bet you thought it was
Corps Diplomatique!)

Trying something beyond guessing, I think the description of
ISO standardization process at
  http://www.iso.ch/infoe/proc.html
and in particular at
  ftp://ftp.iso.ch/pub/out/directives/en/dirp1.html
suggests that despite the number 15455:1998 having been assigned,
ISO specification for HTML is still at phase 3 in a system of
phases 0 through 6.

As regards to the content of the draft, it seems to have improved
really. It even calls the language "HTML", not "ISO-HTML".
And if I understand correctly, it is now pretty short, using
HTML 4.0 specification as normative reference. I still can't see the beef:
what's the point of using resources for defining a standard which is a
subset of HTML 4.0 Strict?

Yucca, http://www.hut.fi/u/jkorpela/
Received on Tuesday, 14 April 1998 04:13:47 GMT

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