[whatwg] The truth about Nokias claims

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Sat Dec 15 04:52:06 PST 2007

Krzysztof Żelechowski wrote:
> Dnia 14-12-2007, Pt o godzinie 19:47 +0100, Maik Merten pisze:
>> Krzysztof Żelechowski schrieb:
>>> Remember the "-" in DOCTYPE HTML?
>> Feel free to be more specific.
> That prefix means that HTML DOCTYPE is not issued by an officially
> recognised standards body.  If W3C were such an organisation, we would
> have a "+" there instead.

I haven't bought the SGML specification to double-check, so feel free to 
quote from it if it says otherwise.

But from everything else I've read it simply means W3C has not 
registered a Public Text Owner Identifier with ISO. See also:






Any old organization can register as Public Text Owners, not just 
officially recognized standards body.

The - has nothing to do to do with W3C being (or not being) recognized 
as a standards body.

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

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