Re: Toward Closure on HTML

"Rob Raisch, The Internet Company" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 1994 20:55:25 --100
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Subject: Re: Toward Closure on HTML
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Dan suggests:
>   But I would like to introduce one change to the way P elements work: I'd
>   like to make the P element a paragraph container rather than a paragraph
>   separator. The only required change is to put a <p> tag at the beginning of
>   every paragraph -- we can use the OMITTAG feature to make </p> tags
>   implicit. It makes for a much cleaner DTD in many ways, and it just makes
>   more sense.

HURRAH!  Praise the maker, another has come into the light.

This idea comes around every so often.  It is a good idea.  It 
is the correct thing to do.  I believe we should do it.

Having said that, I'd like to go on record as stating that I don't 
believe we ever WILL do it.

There is a feeling that anything which breaks current practice -- even 
though it is the correct and logical thing to do, even though it fixes 
something which has been broken since HTML was first created -- is BAD.

Would you like to see HTML (and what it can become) served out of every
cable box/information superhighway control widget in the country?  I
would.  I think it's strong enough.  I think it's the right choice. 

Let's build tools for the future - not tools shackled to the past.

--  </rr>  Rob Raisch, The Internet Company
Fix the documents.  Don't cripple the language.