Re: Comments, parsers, XPointers
At 01:34 PM 1/1/80 -0500, you wrote: > [various helpful stuff] >(comments have no purpose on the production/browsing side). I was wondering about that. Specifically, I was wondering about a "view source"-type feature in XML browsers, perhaps with a show/hide comments toggle. I've no experience with SGML, but I (and a lot of -- most? -- other HTMLites) have frequently made use of other developers' comments for learning purposes, outside the context of formal training. Assume there were some convention for associating a comment with a particular element or other component of the logical (even physical) model (probably a big assumption!); some facility for locating element X's comment, if any, would be extremely helpful for such purposes. A docname.xml#child(1,elementname).(1,#comment) sort of XPointer seems like a natural construct in this case. Of course excessive comments add to network load, invite abuse and so on (I still get the willies when I see scripting embedded in HTML comments); but they aren't always noise, and aren't always useful only to their author. >In the longer term, what we need is an official definition of an XML >information set, specifying (for example) that reporting comments is >optional, while reporting the start and end of elements is required. >Once such a beastie exists, many vexing questions about (and >inconsistencies among) the DOM, XPointers, SAX, XSL, etc. will >disappear. Yes to all! Thanks, David. John John E. Simpson | It's no disgrace t'be poor, simpson@p... | but it might as well be. | -- "Kin" Hubbard 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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