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RE: Tag Soup vs Generalized Markup (was: I-D ACTION..)

From: <Jukka.Korpela@hut.fi>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 06:28:00 -0400 (EDT)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.OSF.4.10.9910081311080.3910-100000@beta.hut.fi>
On Fri, 8 Oct 1999, Larry Masinter wrote:

> I would be happy to include a reference to a "Tag Soup spec" if
> I could find one that would be suitable for a references list
> in an RFC.

I'm not sure whether it's a good idea to include such references.
But if you decide to do that, I suppose the descriptions (not
specifications!) are currently the most detailed:

(or the frames version
http://utopia.knoware.nl/users/schluter/doc/tags/index.html )



> I'm uneasy about recommending one popular HTML book
> over another, and can't find any stable reference to something
> that would constitute an "official guide to Mozilla and/or MSIE
> HTML tags". I thought about:
> [MOZ]     "HTML Tag Reference", Netscape, 1997; available at
>           <http://developer.netscape.com/docs/manuals/htmlguid/index.htm>.
> but couldn't find an MSIE equivalent.

That Netscape document actually says "Last updated: 1/26/98", where the
last part is probably an odd way of writing 1998-01-26.

Neither Netscape nor Microsoft (or other browser manufacturer) has
bothered documenting the HTML processed by their browsers adequately,
but Microsoft has more detailed and up-to-date information:

"HTML Elements",

I wouldn't rely on the stability of that URL too much. If I remember
correctly, I have at least twice noticed that the URL which used to
refer to Microsoft's description of HTML as eaten by IE stopped working.
To see what I mean, use the URL
mentioned in the reputable Web Authoring FAQ at
It's probably the previous URL which was used not long ago; using it now
causes a redirection after which you find yourself in a maze:

Yucca, http://www.hut.fi/u/jkorpela/ or http://yucca.hut.fi/yucca.html
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