Re: HTML and SGML declaration
Daniel W. Connolly (email@example.com)
Tue, 21 Nov 1995 13:35:03 -0500
In message <199511211516.HAA03113@rock.west.ora.com>, Terry Allen writes:
>Dan and I gave different answers to the question of whether an
>HTML document may have a prepended SGML declaration. Dan pointed to
>the following passage in RFC 1866:
>| 3.3. HTML Public Text Identifiers
>| To identify information as an HTML document conforming to this
>| specification, each document must start with one of the following
>| document type declarations.
>| <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML 2.0//EN">
>and I had in mind ISO 8879 4.283:
>"SGML document entity: The SGML entity that begins an SGML document
>[as distinguished from SUBDOCs and text entities]. It contains,
>at a minimum, an SGML declaration, a base document type declaration,
>and the start and end (if not all) of a base document element."
See also: 6.2.3 "Implied SGML Declaration"
... the system can imply the SGML declaration ...
>It is not possible to override 4.283 in the HTML spec;
It is possible, and we did it. It's called an application convention.
Just like null end-tags and all that. I don't understand your point.