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- From: Tim Bray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: XMLDev list <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 12:42:45 -0700
At 03:13 PM 8/29/99 -0400, Ann Navarro wrote:
>>HTML4 has 3 DTDs. That certainly doesn't mean it's 3 languages. It's
>>routine for a language to have multiple DTDs for different purposes.
>>It's surprising for it to have 3 names. -T.
>But since the purpose of names is an abstract function designed to prevent
>collisions in naming, it does not necessarily follow that having three
>names is "bad" even if it does "surprise".
Except for, 99.99999% of programmers WANT "strict" <h2> and "transitional"
<h2> to collide. If most people who processed HTML were engaged in DTD-
sensitive validation, the multiple namespaces would have been a good idea.
Except for almost nobody is, so they're a bad idea. -Tim
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