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Re: HTML questions ?

From: Benjamin Franz <snowhare@netimages.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 05:19:12 -0700 (PDT)
To: jna <jna@retina.net>
cc: Murray Maloney <murray@sq.com>, Eugene Venter <VENTERE@telkom.co.za>, www-talk@www0.cern.ch, www-talk@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.95.960910044931.20648A-100000@ns.viet.net>
On Tue, 10 Sep 1996, jna wrote:

> Most just allow you to highlight something, 
> and say "Oh, let's make this a Heading #1" and it auto-inserts the tags 
> with no intelligence or attention to grammar, so it's technically 
> possible to 'pile up' commands so a line such as:
> <H1> This is a heading with <I>italic</I> text </H1>
> is possible. Although, the spec says it's completely wrong to make a 
> header in this manner, people do it, and Netscape/MSIE supports the 
> displaying of the (originally) invalid html. 

You are wrong. Go look it up. Physical markup is allowed in headers. I
routinely validate code with <i>italics</i> in headers. You weaken your
whole argument regarding HTML editors being inferior to manual coding when
you fail to know the standard yourself.

After some email discussion with SQ - I decided to examine HMPro 3. I (and
the other people I had review it) was quite favorably impressed.  It is
the *first* HTML editor that our company is actually going to use as part
of our normal operations. It still isn't (quite) good enough for final
code in most cases: Critical missing features for us are that we can't put
in our own DTDs or manage CSS1 stylesheets using it, and it is totally
lacking in upload/download support (these last two are strange omissions
when even some shareware editors now support CSS1 and upload/download (see
HomeSite beta2 at <URL:http://www.dexnet.com/homesite.html>). 

And it has an important error in its coding of client-side imagemaps (it
can't handle <area shape="default" alt="" nohref> - which is part of the
3.2 DTD - there might be a fix for this on their website, but I haven't
checked yet). But it does an *outstanding* first pass conversion of
existing documents - particularly those with embedded tables. Almost all
of the cleanup work afterwards is stylistic in nature.  This alone will
save us substantial amounts of time. 

Benjamin Franz
Received on Tuesday, 10 September 1996 08:19:56 UTC

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