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   Re: XHTML 1.0 returned to HTML WG

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: "'xml-dev'" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: 05 Nov 1999 14:24:40 -0500

Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net> writes:

> I don't really see how having formal, implementable specifications falls
> into the diaper and ducktape category. Does XML wrap us up in ducktape?
> SAX? DOM? HTML 4.0? Perhaps three years ago we should have released a
> one line specification: "SGML may now be used on the Web. DOCTYPE
> declarations are now optional. Otherwise, use your common sense."

Well, I would have made it a couple paragraphs longer, but in essence, 
that might have served, except for two problems:

1. The SGML spec is not freely available.

2. XML removes so many details from SGML that it makes more sense to
   distribute it as a separate spec than as a set of deltas. 

All the best,


p.s. Shouldn't that be "duct tape", Paul and Don?  We don't want the
     SPCA down on us.

David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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