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From: Cheryl D Wise
Date: Jun 27, 2005 8:10AM

Well, I guess I will not be writing "ISO-HTML" any time in the near future.
IMHO, image height and width belong in the HTML not in the stylesheet
otherwise you need an ID for every image and a stylesheet that is either
very bloated OR can only be applied on a page by page basis. For that same
reason No. 6 is is a bit silly. They will defer to the W3C for CSS without
making it a "standard' but will not accept HTML from the W3C.

I will continue to use the W3C XHTML doctypes.

Cheryl D. Wise
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From: James Pickering

The ISO -- International Organization for Standardization -- consists of the
national standards institutes of 151 countries, on the basis of one member
per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. It
promulgates, develops and maintains world wide technical standards.

Note that the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) only makes recommendations --
it is the ISO that publishes standards.

The International standard for HTML is prescribed by the Document
https://www.cs.tcd.ie/15445/15445.html and the Users Guide for ISO/IEC
15445:2000 (ISO-HTML) is at <https://www.cs.tcd.ie/15445/UG.HTML>

Features of ISO-HTML .....

1. The hierarchy of the header elements (H1, H2, H3, H4, H5 H6) is rigidly
enforced. For example, H2 is not allowed to precede H1 at any place in a

2. HEIGHT and WIDTH parameters for IMG must be designated in style sheets.

3. Numerous W3C HTML 4.01 elements are refined in ISO-HTML.

4. Numerous W3C HTML 4.01 attributes are omitted from the standard or their
use is restricted as outlined in the following quote from the Users Guide
..... "The W3C Recommendation for HTML 4.01 provides a number of attributes
that are not supported by the International Standard. They have been omitted
because they are used to describe appearance rather than structure, or
because the feature is considered to be still too unstable or immature for
an International Standard."

5. The Standard separates content from presentation as delineated in the
following quote from the Users Guide ....... "The International Standard is
based on the well established principle that it is good document design to
separate the content of a document from the intended style in which it is to
be presented to a reader ..... "

6. The methodology for accomplishing presentation is outlined in the
following quote from the Users Guide ..... "Although the International
Standard does not specify a style sheet language, this User's Guide
recommends that authors of ISO-HTML documents use Cascading Style Sheets as
specified by the World Wide Web Consortium."

7. Style sheets must be linked -- embedded style constructs are not allowed.

James Pickering
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