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[whatwg] <p> elements containing other block-level elements

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 23:17:58 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0602242317000.315@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>
On Fri, 8 Apr 2005, Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> Ian Hickson wrote:
> >
> > (Note that HTML1 was not an SGML application; HTML2 was retrofitted 
> > into the SGML world for theoretical reasons, but the real world never 
> > really caught up with that theory.)
> 
> Yes, I'm aware of what HTML 1 was (Martin Bryan explains it well [1], 
> for anyone that doesn't know) and, IMO, it was a very good decision to 
> formalise it as SGML.  However, as you say, the real world never caught 
> on, and, sadly, probably never will (at least not in any mainstream 
> browser). :-(

HTML5 is for the mainstream browser above all.


> > We can change content models and add concepts like namespaces to the 
> > XML parser easily; we can at best add new elements when it comes to 
> > the HTML parser.
> 
> Fair enough.  I guess this is one reason why XHTML is so good ? the 
> mistakes of the past with SGML/HTML won't be repeated, and progress 
> won't be held up so much by buggy browsers.  it's just a pity it's not 
> yet supported in IE.  I'm also starting to understand why you don't 
> consider HTML an application of SGML, although I still don't like it. 
> :-|

Hey, I'm not over-joyous about it myself.

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