Re: No IMG in FIG

Ka-Ping Yee (
Wed, 2 Aug 1995 19:27:02 -0400

Ping wrote:
> To me the argument to allow <IMG> within <FIG> is overwhelmingly strong.
> I had the impression that this functionality was exactly one of the reasons
> why <FIG> allowed content: to ensure some degree of renderability by older
> browsers.
> For the sake of simplicity, consistency, and usefulness, i further
> agree that <FIG> should have the same content model as <P>.

On Wed, 2 Aug 1995, Michael Johnson replied:
> No, the content model of <P> is too restrictive to be used as the content
> model of <FIG>. The respective content models are more useful as they are,
> and I personally don't see any problem with simplicity or consistency either.

Please point out how you mean that the content model of <P> is "too
restrictive" to be used for <FIG>. I am asking primarily that we
remove the restriction that prevents <IMG> (and <FIG>) tags from being
used within a <FIG>. Every added restriction makes HTML less simple.

> Don't take this personally, Ping, but it seems to me that you have been
> making a large number of poorly thought out proposals lately. You seem to
> have a less than perfect understanding of the mission of HTML or else you
> just aren't taking the time to really consider the consequences of some of
> what you propose.

I can certainly accept this, but a general opinion on the quality of my
suggestions doesn't help us to work towards the goal of a better markup
language. I'd appreciate much more an explicit description of how my
understanding is flawed, specifically what parts of which proposals you
feel to be poorly thought-out, and what ill consequences may arise.

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