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Re: New work-queue item: Conditional inclusion

From: Arjun Ray <aray@q2.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Jun 1997 14:01:15 -0400 (EDT)
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.95.970605134343.21051A-100000@q2.net>

On Thu, 5 Jun 1997, Paul Prescod wrote:

> > Netscape sees a strong need for a conditional-inclusion facility in XML.  
> > The historical absence of such a facility in HTML has led to problematic
> > features such as <NOFRAMES>.  
> Could you please remind me what is problematic about NOFRAMES?

It's b.a.d. (Broken As Designed), occassioned by an initial specification
failure to locate the FRAMESET element in HEAD. 

The MSIE interpretation (NOFRAMES content is renderable only in a "No
Frames" display context for the document) at least finds some use for
what started as a fifth wheel. Usage according to the MSIE semantics
"breaks" Netscape.

(The historical absence, BTW, is actually restricted to the Mosaic-oid
implementations. Ever since the FIG element in the HTML+ Discussion
document there has been *some* notion of conditional inclusion based on
principal and alternative semantics for an element, only some browsers
never got a Round Tuit.)

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