An incompatible CData idea
Explicit CData Marker Instead of having to confront a DTD in order to find out whether an element(type) is CData or not, I feel it would be better if this info were explicit in the document instance. F.i. by adding a special CData symbol at the end of the start-tag if one wants its content treated as CData. If the symbol is present, the content is "plain/unstructured" text (CData), if it's not, the content is tagged/structured text (Mixed/PCData). Example: (Here the symbol '*' is used to indicate CData) <MyText>This is not CData, <MyText*>but this is! Here I can write &, <, <element> or whatever I want without being concerned about clashing with other "magic" symbols until the end-tag.</MyText></MyText> (Perhaps it also would be natural to have a special signal at the end-tag as well as at the start-tag.) Pro: * Easy for the user, no need to remember/have DTD knowledge about CData/PCData when reading or writing a document without DTD-aware tools. * Easy for the parser (for the same reason) Con: * Incompatible with SGML Sorry if suggestions like these already have been debated (perhaps decades ago!) and turned down. Cheers, Jarle Stabell xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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