XHTML Tags in ABML

Preliminary List of XHTML allowed tags in ABML documents.  Tags with YES in the Allow column are allowed in ABML, however those with a YES* will one day be usable but are not currently implemented here at fightingfantasy.net.  NO is not allowed, NO* means an alternative (may) be provided, ? has yet to be decided.

Note that all attributes of all allowed tags are also permitted, most especialy this means you can define your own inline styles for formatting.  However note that here on fightingfantasy.net javascript events will be blocked.

** See after the table for the IMG tag to allow images inline in your adventure.

Tag Description Allow
<!–…–> Defines a comment YES
<!DOCTYPE> Defines the document type YES*
<a> Defines an anchor YES
<abbr> Defines an abbreviation YES
<acronym> Defines an acronym YES
<address> Defines contact information for the author/owner of a document YES
<area /> Defines an area inside an image-map YES*
<b> Defines bold text YES
<base /> Defines a default address or a default target for all links on
a page
YES*
<bdo> Defines the text direction YES
<big> Defines big text YES
<blockquote> Defines a long quotation YES
<body> Defines the document’s body YES*
<br /> Defines a single line break YES
<button> Defines a push button YES*
<caption> Defines a table caption YES
<cite> Defines a citation YES
<code> Defines computer code text YES
<col /> Defines attribute values for one or more columns in a table YES
<colgroup> Defines a group of columns in a table for formatting YES
<dd> Defines a description of a term in a definition list YES
<del> Defines deleted text YES
<dfn> Defines a definition term YES
<div> Defines a section in a document YES
<dl> Defines a definition list YES
<dt> Defines a term (an item) in a definition list YES
<em> Defines emphasized text YES
<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form YES*
<form> Defines an HTML form for user input YES*
<frame /> Defines a window (a frame) in a frameset ?
<frameset> Defines a set of frames ?
<h1> to <h6> Defines HTML headings YES
<head> Defines information about the document YES*
<hr /> Defines a horizontal line YES
<html> Defines an HTML document NO
<i> Defines italic text YES
<iframe> Defines an inline frame ?
<img /> Defines an image YES**
<input /> Defines an input control YES*
<ins> Defines inserted text YES
<kbd> Defines keyboard text YES
<label> Defines a label for an input element YES*
<legend> Defines a caption for a fieldset element YES*
<li> Defines a list item YES
<link /> Defines the relationship between a document and an external
resource
?
<map> Defines an image-map YES*
<meta /> Defines metadata about an HTML document ?
<noframes> Defines an alternate content for users that do not support
frames
?
<noscript> Defines an alternate content for users that do not support
client-side scripts
NO*
<object> Defines an embedded object ?
<ol> Defines an ordered list YES
<optgroup> Defines a group of related options in a select list YES*
<option> Defines an option in a select list NO*
<p> Defines a paragraph YES
<param /> Defines a parameter for an object ?
<pre> Defines preformatted text YES
<q> Defines a short quotation YES
<samp> Defines sample computer code YES
<script> Defines a client-side script NO*
<select> Defines a select list (drop-down list) YES*
<small> Defines small text YES
<span> Defines a section in a document YES
<strong> Defines strong text YES
<style> Defines style information for a document ?
<sub> Defines subscripted text YES
<sup> Defines superscripted text YES
<table> Defines a table YES
<tbody> Groups the body content in a table YES
<td> Defines a cell in a table YES
<textarea> Defines a multi-line text input control YES*
<tfoot> Groups the footer content in a table YES
<th> Defines a header cell in a table YES
<thead> Groups the header content in a table YES
<title> Defines the title of a document ?
<tr> Defines a row in a table YES
<tt> Defines teletype text – use ‘xtt’ in ABML NO*
<ul> Defines an unordered list YES
<var> Defines a variable part of a text YES

The img tag:

As far as the definition of ABML is concerned you can throw img tags around as much as you want in your code, however since this would open up any particular implementation to significant abuse here at fightingfantasy.net I have at this time restricted img tags to only be able to refer to images that I have manually placed into a users public directory (assuming you are a registered user).  You may also cross-reference to other users images in their public directories, though it would be polite to acquire permission from them first.  If you wish to add images to your adventure please contact me by email or on Facebook or via the contact form or any other way you know how to get hold of me.  URI’s in img tags that are not located within fightingfantasy.net will be ignored at this time.

Decisions required for:

  • frames (and related tags)
    1. Significant abuse potential
    2. Should be allowed for document definition.
    3. An ABML version may very well be useful (framing other abml documents rather than html documents – would make ABML ‘include’ obsolete?)
  • object (and ‘param’)
    1. Significant abuse potential
    2. Should be allowed for document definition.
  • ‘style’, ‘meta’, ‘link’, ‘title’ (head tags)
    1. All tags would require ‘head’ to be implemented (and therefore an initial ABML XML DTD completed)
    2. Style – would be nice
    3. Meta – Not sure if there’s any meta use benefits
    4. Link – for stylesheets would be nice, especially good for linking SEL, javascript however….
    5. Title – requires decisions on ‘reference xml’ generally

Tags allowed but not implemented yet:

  • !DOCTYPE
    Once I complete a DTD this may actually be useful…
  • head
    Since I haven’t implemented a full xml definition and parse system for ABML yet, this would just mess current display up.
  • body
    Since I haven’t implemented a full xml definition and parse system for ABML yet, this would just mess current display up.
  • base
    Simply the current system uses relative url’s and it would mess up my implementation
  • map (and ‘area’)
    1. Same pitfalls as image tag
    2. Would be good to have though with ABML tt functionality on parts of an image
  • forms (and related tags)
    1. This is planned to be implemented once I have decided how to handle form input generally

Disallowed Tags:

  • ‘html’
    This aint just html baby!  (Mind you, allowing a HTML tag that enables escaping out the ABML/HTML tag clashes is a possibility…)
  • ‘tt’
    Clashes with ABML tt
    Use ‘xtt’ in ABML instead it will simply substitute with an xhtml ‘tt’ tag (even though in html 5 ‘tt’ no longer exists)
  • ‘option’
    Clashes with ABML option
  • ‘script’ (‘noscript’ disallowed by association)
    1. Clashes with ABML script
    2. Significant abuse potential
    3. Should be allowed for document definition

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