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SGML attributes, attribute specifications, and accurate phrasing

From: Etan Wexler <ewexler@stickdog.com>
Date: Sat, 09 Jul 2005 16:40:43 -0400
Message-ID: <42D0364B.80406@stickdog.com>
To: W3C Markup-Validator list <www-validator@w3.org>

Grant Husbands wrote to the W3C Markup-Validator list 
<mailto:www-validator@w3.org> on 12 April 2005 in “Re: Margin attributes 
not accepted by XHTML 1.0 & impossible to validate   CSS” 

> The attributes are within the body start-tag, which could reasonably be 
> described as the <body> tag [...]

The attributes are not within the start-tag. Attributes are abstractions 
while start-tags are encoded strings of characters. It is the attribute 
specification list that is within the start-tag.

> If a completely unambiguous phrasing is required, "within the body 
> start-tag" or "of the body element" are most advisible [...]

The latter phrasing is advisable, but the phrasing preceding it is 
incorrect, as per the foregoing explanation.

Etan Wexler.
Received on Saturday, 9 July 2005 20:37:41 UTC

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