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Re: Really Quick Guide to Good HTML

From: James Tauber SunLabs - SML <James.Tauber@east.sun.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 1996 19:18:31 -0500
Message-Id: <199602210018.TAA13969@torino.East.Sun.COM>
To: www-html@w3.org, CTaylor@wposmtp.nps.navy.mil
> A question, though:  I used to think that the <html></html>
> tags were there to let the browser software know that 
> the document was in HTML format.  But if that's so, then 
> why is it defined as a MIME type on the server?

The <html>...</html> lets an SGML system know (redundantly) that it's an HTML 
element. (The <!DOCTYPE HTML ...> lets an SGNK system know it's HTML). The MIME 
type lets a MIME system know it's HTML.

Interestingly, Web browsers are primarily MIME-focused rather than SGML-focused
in that they allow a variety of MIME content types but virtually no variation
in SGML document type.

Received on Tuesday, 20 February 1996 19:19:12 UTC

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