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Re: Semicolon after entities

From: J. King <jking@dark-phantasy.com>
Date: Tue, 01 May 2007 10:44:56 -0400
To: "Gareth Hay" <gazhay@gmail.com>
Cc: www-html <www-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.trnkk6obplbshj@briann.phub.net.cable.rogers.com>

On Tue, 01 May 2007 09:26:45 -0400, Gareth Hay <gazhay@gmail.com> wrote:

>> You can't claim that a spec can be implemented, and then selectively  
>> exclude sections that prove otherwise.  Without SGML, HTML4 *does not*  
>> define any parsing, syntax or error handling requirements, which makes  
>> it impossible to implement from the start.
>> Now, consider that there is little practical difference between a spec  
>> that doesn't define those things, and one that does by referencing a  
>> spec that cannot be implemented in the real world anyway.  The fact is  
>> that HTML4 *cannot* be implemented as defined, period.
> Or to put it another way, aren't you *really* suggesting that current  
> user agents cannot implement the spec as defined?

I think he's suggesting that no agent, present or future, could implement  
the HTML 4.01 interoperably using only the spec and its references.  The  
march of time is irrelevant if the spec remains as vague ten years from  
now as it is today.

J. King
Received on Tuesday, 1 May 2007 14:45:34 UTC

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