Re. Nonstandard HTML

Subject: Re. Nonstandard HTML
From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 1996 13:31:35 -0500

David Blyth suggested that <paraphrase> if a significant
number of folks aren't following the [html 2] standard,
than perhaps it's not the standard. I'd dispute the logic
behind that assertion: lots of folks break the laws of the
land, but that doesn't mean the laws are no longer
enforced. HTML _is_ a standard, and if you write to the
standard, you'll meet the needs of more users than if you
ignore the standard.

Nonetheless, I agree with David that HTML 2 is limiting;
moreover, HTML 3 is so late in coming that it's
embarassing, and this tardiness is why there are so many
self-appointed standards bodies (Microsoft springs to
mind...). This doesn't make the concept of a standard
meaningless. It would be far more productive if Microsoft
and Netscape agreed on a common standard and then competed
solely on how well they implement the standard, but in the
real world...

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Disclaimer: Speaking for myself, not FERIC.

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