[whatwg] Re: some issues (SGML)

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Jul 15 09:41:37 PDT 2004

On Sun, 11 Jul 2004, Malcolm Rowe wrote:
> In HTML4, the W3C HTML WG provide the following:
> "As of the 24 December version of HTML 4.01, the HTML Working Group
> commits to the following policy:
> * Any changes to future HTML 4 DTDs will not invalidate documents that
> conform to the DTDs of the present specification. The HTML Working Group
> reserves the right to correct known bugs.
> * Software conforming to the DTDs of the present specification may ignore
> features of future HTML 4 DTDs that it does not recognize."
>  -- http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/struct/global.html#version-info
> Now, while the WHATWG isn't the W3C HTML WG, and while the W3C may not be
> the eventual destination for a WF2 spec, I would suggest that this policy is
> one that also makes sense for WF2, as a 'successor' to HTML4.

A document that conforms to HTML4 Strict will always conform to any
relevant spec created by WHATWG. That would be the whole "backwards
compatible" thing...

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