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Re: Doctypes, Declarations, and HTML Versions

From: Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor <roconnor@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 11:40:18 -0400 (EDT)
To: W3C HTML <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.95q.991004113339.4217A-100000@wronski.math.uwaterloo.ca>
On Mon, 4 Oct 1999, John Whelan wrote:

> Russell O'Connor laments
> 
> > But for some reason SGML is just to difficult to parse.  I don't see why
> > James Clark can write an SGML parser and give it away, but large companies
> > with hundreds of employees can't manage.
> 
> XML, unlike SGML, can be parsed without a DTD, which seems like the
> major selling point of XHTML; XML browsers can be forward-compatible
> without fetching a separate file to tell them whether they've just
> passed a start tag or a stand-alone.

Of course SGML has been changed.  Now SGML documents don't require
declarations.

And as if fetching a file is that big a deal anyway.

-- 
Russell O'Connor                           roconnor@uwaterloo.ca
       <http://www.undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca/~roconnor/>
``And truth irreversibly destroys the meaning of its own message''
-- Anindita Dutta, ``The Paradox of Truth, the Truth of Entropy''
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