Re: Less verbose XML (Was: A little wish for short end tags (Was: RE: SD
At 03:09 PM 8/5/98 -0700, Bryan Gilbert wrote: >Work for a while in a system that has 1/2 MB ROM, >maybe 1MB RAM, and a CPU that is managing >intense calculations and I/O. > >Am I alone? Or are there others out there with similar >constraints who want to use XML? I'd like to hear from >you. I'm developing for small devices. And I must say, as a developer, it certainly keeps you honest. But I don't have a burning desire for short end tags. At Beduin, we've learned the hard way about how difficult it is to render HTML because some tags don't require end tags (in combo with the general crappy state of HTML generators). I'd guess that our parser is twice as large as it needed to be because of these problems. With short end tags, in order for us to render XML, we'd have to have a similar amount of code to render broken XML. So IMHO, short end tags would make my code larger (though runtime memory requirements *might* drop - not sure). BTW, while on the topic of verbosity, I thought the following position paper by Rohit Khare for the "Future of HTML" conference might be of interest; http://xent.ics.uci.edu/FoRK-archive/apr98/0465.html, "Requirements for Interactive Access to HTML and XML Documents", aka "YML Requirements"; "XML has been accused of a great many sins, but brevity is not among them. >From the 'waste' of </SPELLED-OUT-END-TAGS> to non-normative whitespace, many a character can be considered extraneous. However, rather than fragment off into new archival formats using compact end-tags, rediscovering markup minimization, or paren-based S-expressions, we're best off approaching the Shannon limit directly rather than hacking around it." Well said. MB -- Mark Baker. CTO, Beduin Communications Corp Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA http://www.beduin.com 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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