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Re: C.4 Undeclared entities?

From: Len Bullard <cbullard@HiWAAY.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 1996 20:57:47 -0600
Message-ID: <327572AB.3750@HiWAAY.net>
To: "Eve L. Maler" <elm@arbortext.com>
CC: Charles@sgmlsource.com, Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>, w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Eve L. Maler wrote:
> I've been just watching the tennis match on this issue, and my allegiance
> switches with every mail message. :-)  Nonetheless, one small comment...
> Perhaps they're learning that it's a good idea to use the DOCTYPE
> declaration because they're pointing to various *different* HTMLs.  A
> DOCTYPE declaration of <!DOCTYPE foo SYSTEM> tells you nothing other
> than (repetitiously) the root element's name, whereas an FPI at least
> points you to a specific intended DTD.
>         Eve

I agree.  But if a compromise is needed, that one at least preserves
some form of compatibility even if only gestural.  I don't understand 
this tennis match.  It looks simple enough.  Me, I prefer to point to 
a real DTD and receive an instance that tells me what is intended.  
Then at least I can crank up the right browser.

Received on Monday, 28 October 1996 21:57:55 UTC

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