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Re: 4.0 to 4.01 Transition Issues

From: Gerald Oskoboiny <gerald@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 22:24:04 -0500
To: Christian Smith <csmith@barebones.com>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <20000214222404.B20967@w3.org>
On Mon, Feb 14, 2000 at 06:11:50PM -0500, Christian Smith wrote:
> Problem: The W3 Validator validates a 4.0 Transitional document against
> the 4.0 Transitional DTD but then provides a reference pointing to the
> 4.01 DTD.
> 
> Exp: <http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http://www.barebones.com/>
> 
> Extracted from the HTML generated by this page:
> 
> > <li>Document type: 
> >   <a href="http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/REC-html401-19991224/">
> >       HTML 4.
> >   </a>
> >   Transitional
> > </li>

Sorry about that, fixed.

Er... at least I think so. I need to check with a few other
people here. I'll follow up more tomorrow.

> This is not so much a W3 Validator problem as a W3 problem in that
> apparently W3 has decided to not only remove the 4.0 DTDs that were at
> 
> * <http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd>
> * <http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/frameset.dtd>
> * <http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/strict.dtd>
> 
> but to actually replace the DTDs that were at this location with the new
> 4.01 DTDs. This is bad. There are now tools out there that generate HTML
> 4.0 Transitional documents with a DOCTYPE of
> 
> <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"
>             "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd">
>             
> But now we have a 4.0 Transitional document with a DOCTYPE that points to
> a DTD that is for 4.01 Transitional.
:

I'll take this up with our communications people; I think it
might just be a symlink pointing to the wrong place in our
filesystem.

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