Notes from WWW/TEI Meeting
This is a short report of a joint WWW/TEI (Text Encoding
Initiative) meeting held at University College Cork, November 19-20,
- HTML 1.0 should be documented to define the behavior of existing browsers,
and should be frozen as agreed upon at the WWW Developers' Conference.
- Features to be documented, implemented and specified include
collapsing spaces, underline, alt attribute, BR, HR, ISMAP...
- HTML IETF spec needs to be updated by CERN, as well as existing documentation
- HTML+ future browsers need not support HTML 1.0 features after a reasonable amount of time.
As an aid in transition, the HTML+ spec/DTD will not include any deprecated features of HTML 1.0.
- HTML 1.0 deprecated features
- method, rel, rev, effect from <A> tag (but
not from the <LINK> tag)
- blockquote --> quote
- There was a feeling that the <img> tag will
be superceded by the <fig> tag, although its
deprecation was not agreed upon.
- menu list --> ul
- dir list--> ul
- The intention of HTML+ is to support generic SGML-compliant authoring
tools, and authors are recommended to use this software with the HTML+
DTD for the creation/maintenance of documents.
- Browsers may implement different levels of HTML+ conformance.
- Level 0 implementation
- HTML 1.0 spec referenced above
- Level 1 implementation
- Partial fill-out forms
- New entity definitions (in section 5.1 of HTML+ draft)
- Level 2 implementation
- Additional presentation tags (sub, sup, strike) & logical emphasis
- Full forms support (including type checking)
- Generic emphasis tag
- Level 3 implementation
- NOTEs and admonishments
- Further levels to be specified
- Authoring tools are expected to conform to the HTML+ DTD and are
NOT to support deprecated features.
- We expect the HTML+ DTD to be developed incrementally. The HTML+
internet draft will make clear which features are now stable and
which are still subject to change. The DTD will be structured to
- HTML+ will work with the SGML reference concrete syntax.
- The entity sets will be user-specifiable (in the long run).
- HTML+ will support nested divisions or containers.
- There will be a number of new features
- Figures & Images
- <fig> may be able to subsume the role of <img>.
- Generic highlighting tag
- The <em> tag will be used with a set of
three or four defined attributes to present a
guaranteed-distinct presentation of these
- Generic roles
- Support for undefined elements (user extensions) (render)
- This is now stable.
- for research
- It was felt the correct way to convert between TEI and HTML
was to do it on the server side using a conversion filter.
- This server will also provide a hypertext link to download the
raw TEI text.
- We (WWW developers and TEI people) will strive together to
converge functionality between HTML* and TEI, as well as to
produce this server/filter system.
- Links to: