Re: A little wish for short end tags
Sorry, Steven. I still don't understand. The output of the scripts was irregular, but it didn't use any of SGML's hundreds of "hard" features like entities, whitespace in tags etc. The data may not have been normalized in any formal sense, but it used a predictable set of SGML's easier features. This is "good enough" to allow processing with regexps and basically partial normalization. If the data had used entities, whitespace in tags, comments etc., then I would say it was completely unnormalized. But anyhow, I don't understand how you can point to your *success* at taming a system built around a language with hundreds of minimizations as proof that one of those minimizations should not be allowed in another language. Had you failed, solely because of short end-tags, that would have been a persuasive argument. My belief is that that would not happen, because there are so many other factors. Most data falls either into the category of predictable and simple (which yours seems to have) or unpredictable and requiring normalization (which most data authored by people with text editors will look like -- short end-tags or not). Paul Prescod - http://itrc.uwaterloo.ca/~papresco "A writer is also a citizen, a political animal, whether he likes it or not. But I do not accept that a writer has a greater obligation to society than a musician or a mason or a teacher. Everyone has a citizen's commitment." - Wole Soyinka, Africa's first Nobel Laureate 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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