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Re: lynx-dev Comparing html rendition of lynx and explorer

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Comparing html rendition of lynx and explorer
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 00:02:08 +0000 (GMT)

> This seems consistent with other web pages where things that should
> start on a separate (possibly indented) line are stuck to the end of
> the previous line.  Which means that, either lynx is wrong, or
> explorer is.

HTML does not specify how a document should be rendered, although
various documents give suggestions.  This is a conscious feature of HTML,
which allows well written HTML to be used in GUI, spoken, text-only,
braille, machine intelligence, contexts, etc.

Lynx doesn't interpret the style sheets that allow physical formatting
to be imposed on the logical structure described by the HTML.

It is also possible, even probable, that the "HTML" that IE generates is
not HTML at all, so you should run a DTD driven syntax checker against
it before comparing rendition (e.g. nsgmls - links from,
which uses it).

> BTW.  I notice that superscripted digits show up as hatchmark graphics
> characters under the Windows 98 version of lynx.  Does this mean that
> this version is using the wrong translation table?  Because the terminal

It could mean that Microsoft are using illegal character codes or
numeric entities in ranges with no graphics.  Front Page certainly used
to do this.

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