Word and XML (was: XML standards coherency and so forth)

Robin Cover robin at isogen.com
Thu Jan 21 19:40:14 GMT 1999

John Cowan wrote:

>>         <P>This is <B>a test <I>of the</B> emergency</I> broadcast
>> system</P>

> Un*censored*believable.  This not only isn't XML, it isn't even
> HTML.  What were they thinking of? [. . .]

I agree that this is bad.  Unfortunately, a lot of companies
(and some that really *do* know better) are still creating and
selling products that generate invalid HTML (SGML).  For one

'URL's of the kind:

  <a href="http://foo.bar.com/search?&status=clear&PageCall=1&mode=on">

viz., unescaped ampersand in attribute values, which is simply
illegal.  So long as software companies across the board will
tolerate an attitude of "close is good enough" - what should we expect?

Come to think of it: why should this be "Un*censored*believable"
given that 99% of Net stuff is illegal HTML, despite a couple
generations (years) of HTML DTDs?


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