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- From: Ann Navarro <email@example.com>
- To: David Megginson <firstname.lastname@example.org>, XMLDev list <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 16:06:17 -0400
At 03:55 PM 8/29/99 -0400, David Megginson wrote:
>Ann Navarro writes:
> > Did HTML 4.0 -- with it's three versions, fail from overcomplexity?
>Sorry to be harsh, but I almost never see the required HTML 4.0
>DOCTYPE declaration at the top of Web pages and I know of no
>widely-deployed HTML user agent that actually tries to distinguish
>HTML 4.0 from HTML 3.* and do something useful based on that
>distinction (much less one that distinguishes the transitional and
Is that not, then, a failure of the user agent and not the spec?
If a user agent ignores something *required* - we can't save them from
Indeed, because of this failure in user agents, combined with other
tendencies of sub-par support for specs, the HTML-using world is becoming
more aware of the need for DTDs and validation. Valid HTML documents have a
better chance of displaying cross-browser and cross-platform as the author
intended. Invalid ones are a crap-shoot.
But none of this is an indication that we need to take HTML 4.0 out back
and shoot it.
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