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Re: Doctypes, Declarations, and HTML Versions

From: Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor <roconnor@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 1999 15:49:46 -0400 (EDT)
To: W3C HTML <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.95q.991002154124.8573C-100000@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
> :  The document type declaration names the document type definition (DTD)
> :  in use for the document (see [ISO8879]). 
> Unfortunately, this statement - as an assertion about naming - has *no*
> basis in ISO8879.  Moreover, in the relatively obvious semantic intent, it
> is flat out wrong. 

This is exteremly correct.

> Of course, this leaves open the real issue, which is how to convey the
> *semantic* import of a version specification.  Unofrtunately, ISO8879
> doesn't provide a way.  All we know is that the doctype declaration
> definitely does not qualify.

Last year I suggested durring the ``Future of HTML'' discussions, that the
W3C adopt an HTML Architecture.  This would actually provide semantics for
HTML in a standard way.  Instead the W3C has choosen to develop XHTML as
an XML implementation.  I actally haven't looked at the XHTML specs yet,
so I don't know whether it resolves these issues or not.

>  <URL:http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=325927738>
I also want to provide this reference.  Everyone should read it.
Also available at
and most specifically as

Russell O'Connor                           roconnor@uwaterloo.ca
``And truth irreversibly destroys the meaning of its own message''
-- Anindita Dutta, ``The Paradox of Truth, the Truth of Entropy''
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