Re: A little wish for short end tags (Was: RE: SDD bogus)
David Megginson wrote: > > Paul Prescod has quite rightly objected to a simplistic slippery-slope > argument against short end tags. I have thought of what might be a > stronger argument: as an (unstated?) design principle, XML provides > exactly one alternative for nearly every markup item. I think that you are correct that this is a stronger point. But XML does allow alternative encodings. Consider defaulted attributes. Or <A j="k"> vs. <A j='k'>. Consider < vs. < . <ABC></ABC> vs. </ABC>. Each of these was consciously added to XML as a usability feature. Nevertheless all of them cause implementors more work. But in my mind, not one of them has the cost to implementors vs. benefit to users ratio of short end tags. Tim is right that the critical issue is the ease of processing of XML software by "stupid" (regexp-based) software. He feels that this situation has changed since we debated it. I don't agree. I thought that it was evident then that there would be parsers for XML for Perl, Python and any other regular-expression friendly. At the very least perlsgml, sgmlspl and sgmllib would always exist. Nevertheless the situation has changed in some ways. XML is now widely hyped and destined for success. It is far more popular with implementors than with users. This is the right time to try to rebalance the scales so that XML becomes a megahit and not a hacker favourite. Paul Prescod - http://itrc.uwaterloo.ca/~papresco Can we afford to feed that army, while so many children are naked and hungry? Can we afford to remain passive, while that soldier-army is growing so massive? - "Gabby" Barbadian Calpysonian in "Boots" 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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