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RE: ACTION-388 Take a look at LMM's doctype/versioning proposal

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:37:20 -0800
To: Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>, "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C68CB012D9182D408CED7B884F441D4D737886@nambxv01a.corp.adobe.com>
There are two related goals:

1) minimize the number of deployed documents that were previously
conforming and would no longer be conforming.

2) continue to support "polyglot" workflows where an XML-based
  development and validation process might choose its own
  subset, profile, or even superset of XML-based vocabularies
  and syntactic restrictions, use <!DOCTYPE > with PUBLIC
  and SYSTEM IDs in that workflow, but then serve those documents 
  as text/html, in a way that a HTML5 validator would not warn
  or reject such documents.

It sounds like the HTML5 document doesn't explicitly define 
"conforming document", so this might be a little harder, but
let's assume for now when the specification says
"<!DOCTYPE > is a mainly useless header" and does not describe
use of PUBLIC or SYSTEM identifiers, that currently the
goal (2) is not accomplished, and some change proposal is


-----Original Message-----
From: www-tag-request@w3.org [mailto:www-tag-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Jonathan Rees
Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2010 12:17 PM
To: www-tag@w3.org
Subject: ACTION-388 Take a look at LMM's doctype/versioning proposal

The action asks me to take a look, and I have done so.
Fortunately it did not ask me to comment!
So I'm done.

Just kidding. Larry, what sort of feedback would you like? I guess
editorial points would be moot. The main thing I see is that it
reinstates <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "PublicIdentifier"
"SystemIdentifier"> with all sorts of provisos that should frighten
away the faint of heart. The reason is to support "some XML
workflows". Yes?



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