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Re: Updating "Recommended list of DTDs"

From: Gérard Talbot <info@gtalbot.org>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 12:29:43 -0500
Message-ID: <9f348dd13b8da4bd263a857ffaa74e43.squirrel@cp3.shieldhost.com>
To: "Dominique Hazael-Massieux www-archive@w3.org" <dom@w3.org>, www-archive@w3.org
Cc: "Simon Pieters" <simonp@opera.com>
Dominique,

http://www.w3.org/QA/2002/04/valid-dtd-list.html

The final (updated) version still has some terminology issues.


1- "doctypes"

>From a pure technical perspective, "doctypes" is not the same as "doctype
declarations".


>From reading the HTML 4.01, there is no "doctypes" but there are "document
type declarations". "doctypes" does not appear anywhere in the HTML 4.01
spec.

I really think "doctypes" should be changed to "doctype declarations" so
that there is no confusion and that there is harmony and consistency in
vocabulary, terminology used.

Browser manufacturers documentation also refer to "doctype declarations"
and not to "doctypes"

2- "declarations"

"(...) below is a list of recommended declarations that you can use in
your Web documents.(...)"

Same thing with "declarations" here: "doctype declarations" should replace
"declarations".

3- "document type"

"See the list below if you wish to use another document type."

I suggest "DTD" or the extended form of the abbreviation (document type
definition).

Again, consistency and avoiding confusion. Those documents may be read by
people not accustomed to technical recommendations.

regards, Gérard
Received on Monday, 4 January 2010 17:30:19 UTC

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