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Netscape 1.1 and parsing SGML constructs

From: Steinar Bang <steinarb@falch.no>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 95 16:02:59 +0100
Message-Id: <9503061502.AA05547@flame.falch.no>
To: Multiple recipients of list <www-talk@www10.w3.org>
>>>>> rst@ai.mit.edu (Robert S. Thau) writes:

> Agreed, with a caution --- while Netscape 1.1 does support tables,
> it does not yet support many features of the current 3.0 draft DTD
> (<fig>, <note>, and <math> just to name a few that jump out at me
> from viewing the W3O's HTML3 walkthrough using Netscape 1.1).

Sigh! And it still croaks on SGML processing instructions (PIs). 

I discovered this by walking back, from Håkon Lie's HTML3 walkthrough,
to our own HTML features test pages...:-)

>From what I have gathered we will *never* see a NCOM parser built on
scalable principles (SGML DTDs + stylesheets). They will continue to
stuff in their own tags were they see fit. 

I wouldn't have a problem with this, if they had provided an SGML DTD
and required a DOCTYPE declaration for documents. But, no, they will
continue to bed over backwards to try to make sense out of all kinds
of bogus HTML created by bogus tools that really should have hit the
bit bucket a long, long, long, long time ago!

It's a pity, really. It's such a beautiful program.

- Steinar
Received on Monday, 6 March 1995 10:03:12 UTC

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