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Re: deprecated tags in Wilbur & Cougar -Reply -Reply

From: Jon Bosak <bosak@atlantic-83.Eng.Sun.COM>
Date: Tue, 6 Aug 1996 21:03:16 -0700
Message-Id: <199608070403.VAA22525@boethius.eng.sun.com>
To: mwexler@mv.us.adobe.com
CC: www-style@w3.org, www-html@w3.org
| > My own take on this is that we need a much larger standard set of
| > elements and we need an effective social mechanism for getting new
| > elements standardized quickly.
| 
| If we need a much larger set of standard elements, than lets create them.

This is the wrong answer.  Experience (yes, there was a world before
the Web) has shown that you never run out of the need to add more
standard tags.  The trouble with fixed tag sets is that you can't
freely extend the language on your own to address specific problem
domains.

| Maybe the solutions is to get the UAs to start handling SGML documents with
| DTDs specified by a URL. Than any organization could create a DTD that matched
| the needs of its members. Some DTDs might be shared by a large number of
| organiations. Others might be specific to a certain author.

This is the right answer, and we have ten years of experience to prove
it.  This is what we mean when we say that Web browsers will need to
support generic SGML.  An SGML ERB has been formed in the W3C to
develop the specifications needed to accomplish this.

Jon

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Jon Bosak, Online Information Technology Architect
Sun Microsystems, 2550 Garcia Ave., MPK17-101, Mountain View, CA 94043
Davenport Group::SGML Open::ANSI X3V1::ISO/IEC JTC1/SC18/WG8::W3C SGML ERB
Received on Wednesday, 7 August 1996 17:01:36 GMT

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