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  • From: Jeff Turner <jeff@socialchange.net.au>
  • To: "xml-dev@xml.org" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 10:18:21 +1000

It seems an ever-present issue on mailing lists that some people send
HTML posts, and other people get annoyed with this.

Has anyone thought of defining a minimal DTD for mailing list postings?
No-one really wants/needs the full capabilities of HTML, yet it would be
nice to have -something- more sophisticated than plain text.

I would be happy with two features: an anchor tag <a href=.."></a> for
embedding URLs, and a way of indicating quoted text. Ie:

<quote sender="joe@foo.com" lang="en">
  blah blah..

"quote" elements can be nested, which makes a nice alternative to
growing sets of '>'s.

As long as simplicity is the primary goal, text marked up in such a
fashion will be readable by everyone.


--Jeff Turner

Social Change Online
6A Nelson Street
Annandale   NSW  2038
Sydney,  Australia

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