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Re: Generic Markup [was:Re: deprecated tags in Wilbur & Cougar]

From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 1996 09:24:23 -0400
Message-Id: <199608101324.JAA18696@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
To: Gavin Nicol <gtn@ebt.com>, kmc@harlequin.com
Cc: marc@ckm.ucsf.edu, www-style@w3.org, www-html@w3.org
At 10:20 PM 8/9/96 GMT, Gavin Nicol wrote:
>As a followup to Keith's excellent message, I should note that the
>only reason you really need a DTD in a non-validating system is to
>specify whether tags can be omitted or not. 

Another important use for DTDs is for establishing mappings with other
element systems (i.e. HTML's ICADD attribute, TEI's TEIFORM attribute, etc.)
I think it would be dangerous to build an information system that was
neither based on a particular set of element names NOR had a mechanism for
mapping to a standardized set of element names. That sounds like a recipe
for chaos to me.

 Paul Prescod
Received on Saturday, 10 August 1996 09:24:47 UTC

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