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Re: Promotion of XHTML

From: Russell O'Connor <roconnor@Math.Berkeley.EDU>
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 00:58:46 -0800 (PST)
To: W3C HTML <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.44.0301100049290.5260-100000@blue3.math.berkeley.edu>

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On Thu, 9 Jan 2003, Etan Wexler wrote:

> The compatibility that exists in XHTML is with common user agents, not
> with HTML.

Yes, It seems I was mistaken about the intent of Appendix C.

> But, anyway, HTML has never been an SGML application in any practical
> way.  HTML was and is a fast and loose language, defined in part by
> Requests For Comments and Recommendations, but also by the
> functionaility of popular user agents.  The fact that HTML
> documents can be written to be conforming SGML documents does not
> make HTML SGML.

Perhaps, but HTML 4.01 is certainly SGML.  What makes HTML 4.01 SGML are
the words in section 4.2

	HTML 4 is an SGML application conforming to International Standard
	ISO 8879 -- Standard Generalized Markup Language SGML (defined in
	[ISO8879]).

As I'm sure you know, these are randomly chosen words.  It is exactly the
wording used to indicates that HTML is an SGML application.

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Russell O'Connor            <http://www.math.berkeley.edu/~roconnor/>
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