ATTN: Please comment on XHTML (before it's too late)

Tim Bray tbray at
Sun Aug 29 21:40:01 BST 1999

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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