Re: Browsers and syntax errors (Was: Captions for Figures...)

Fred E Potts (
Mon, 13 Mar 1995 10:36:21 +0500

On Mon, 13 Mar 1995 04:35:51 +0500 "Phillip M. Hallam-Baker" writes:

> The problem is that there are a lot of HTML documents constructed by
> hand. It is not possible to correct all of these so the browsers have
> to be tolerant.

It is a trivial matter to write complex HTML documents by hand that can
pass sgmls validation with the "strict" ("recommended") setting turned
on. That this is not done by many is due to either ignorance,
carelessness, or indifference.

We are stuck with HTML 2.0 ("current practice") and its large legacy of
sloppy documents, but let's not write this permissiveness into HTML
3.0. Since the world seems to be moving into the "Leave it to Beaver"
mode of easy authoring tools that encourage ignorance let's follow the
wise suggestions recently made and have these new tools flag bad HTML.

Sloppy code, like sloppy thinking, is a bad scene and should not be

F. E. (Fred) Potts - ACS Publishing