Re: Re HMML? (Marc Andreessen)
Date: Wed, 26 May 93 00:25:52 -0500
From: (Marc Andreessen)
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To: (Dale Dougherty)
Cc: Dave_Raggett <>,
Subject: Re: Re HMML?
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Dale Dougherty writes:
> >My main objective is backwards compatibility with existing HTML.
> >The change to the container model shouldn't effect such documents.
> >Another objective is
> I'd like to see some discussion about HMML being backwards
> compatible with HTML.  I think it's a mistake to set that up as a
> design objective.  It also raises questions about how WWW parsers
> are going to work in the future.  I would prefer to see HTML as a
> frozen thing; and HMML as the next generation.  HMML documents
> should identify themselves using a document type declaration and
> parsers should look for this information.
> Once HMML becomes available, new documents should conform to HMML,
> not HTML.  Support for HTML continues for already existing
> documents.

I agree -- this is a good thing to discuss.  I think HTML is
expendable if HMML can be better without having anything to do with
it.  (Whether that's the case or not, I'm not sure.  I'd guess it is.)