HTML != XML (was Re: [ANN] Kludgey workarounds for xt)

David Megginson david at
Wed Sep 9 12:18:06 BST 1998

Chris Maden writes:

 > Support for pre-XML HTML was explicitly considered and rejected by
 > the Working Group.

Absolutely correct.

Since HTML <= 4.0 is *not* XML, it is best to treat it as an output
format, like PDF, TeX, RDF, Postscript, etc. -- in other words, first
produce your XML, then run it through a filter (such as a SAX-based
app) that does a down-translation to HTML syntax.  If the XML document
contains the same element types as the HTML, the translation will be
very simple.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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