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Re: ISO/IEC refs to HTML4

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2000 11:18:35 -0600
Message-ID: <3884A06B.71658FA7@w3.org>
To: Jan Roland Eriksson <jrexon@newsguy.com>
CC: www-html@w3.org
Jan Roland Eriksson wrote:
> 
> I have had reason to browse through the ISO/IEC Standard for HTML4...
> 
>   <URL:http://woodworm.cs.uml.edu/~rprice/15445/15445.html>
> 
> ...and found among the text the following part...
> 
>   "This International Standard makes normative reference to the
>    W3C Recommendation for HTML 4.0 amended by the HTML 4.0
>    Specification Errata."
> 
> ...and there are links in there as follows...
> 
>   <URL:http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40>
> 
> <URL:http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/html40-updates/REC-html40-19980424-errata.html>
> 
> ...following that first link brings me too...
> 
>   <URL:http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/>
> 
> ...i.e. the HTML4.01 recommendation, while the second link correctly
> goes to the errata page for HTML4
> 
> My question is; is it correct of the W3 server to redirect a request for
> the older HTML4 spec to the latest HTML4.01 in this case (or in any case
> for that matter)?

Yes; the address http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40 is advertised
(since 18-Dec-1997) as the latest version of HTML 4.0; in ISO-speak,
I think that would be "HTML 4.0 as ammended or corrected."

If the ISO wanted to cite a specific version of HTML 4.0, we published
differend addresses for those:

the original Dec '97 recommendation:
	http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40-971218/

and the editorial revision of Apr '98:
	http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/REC-html40-19980424/

and we continue to service those addresses as such, i.e.
as archival, unchanging, stable publications.

> Or should I see this as a link update problem at ISO/IEC?

It's only a problem if they misunderstood what those addresses mean.

> I may be noted that even the "User's Guide to ISO/IEC 15445:2000
> HyperText Markup Language (HTML)" at...
> 
>   <URL:http://woodworm.cs.uml.edu/~rprice/15445/UG.html>
> 
> ...suffers from the same "problem"
> 
> --
> Jan Roland Eriksson <jrexon@newsguy.com>
> <URL:http://member.newsguy.com/%7Ejrexon/>

-- 
Dan Connolly
http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Tuesday, 18 January 2000 12:19:06 GMT

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