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|TITLE:||User Requirements for WebSGML TC|
|PROJECT EDITOR:||Charles F. Goldfarb|
|STATUS:||Approved user requirements|
|DATE:||9 May 1997|
|DISTRIBUTION:||WG8 and Liaisons|
|REPLY TO:||Dr. James David Mason
(ISO/IEC JTC1/SC18/WG8 Convenor)
Lockheed Martin Energy Systems
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The growth of the World Wide Web and intranets based on its technology has created an urgent need for simplified forms of SGML that are adapted to networked applications. This Technical Corrigendum allows simplified subsets of SGML syntax to be used, that can be interpreted by smaller and faster SGML parsers.
In addition, provision is made for parsing documents without access to DTDs, or with no explicit DTD at all, and for reference to SGML declarations by reference, in order to minimize storage and transmission requirements and simplify the creation of documents.
The TC will be a normative annex to ISO 8879. Support for the TC will be optional. The TC will satisfy WG8 policy regarding backward compatibility; that is, existing conforming SGML documents will continue to be conforming SGML documents under the TC.
The TC does not add functionality; it chiefly removes constraints, provides simpler alternatives, and makes some previously mandatory things optional.