IMG ALIGN discrepancy: error or intentional?

Eric Bina (
Fri, 12 May 95 17:32:21 EDT

It has been brought to my attention that the latest HTML 2.0 SPEC

The ALIGN attribute accepts the values TOP or MIDDLE or BOTTOM, which
specifies if the following line of text is aligned with the top, middle,
or bottom of the graphic.

All browsers I have ever used have always had ALIGN control how the image
aligns with the PREVIOUS element, not the following one. Is this an error
or a deliberate change from common practice?