Re: saving bandwitdh?
From: Marcus Carr <mrc@a...> >Kay Michael wrote: > >> Some of the argument against abbreviated end tags is psychological: SGML >> allowed too many such options, and it caused parsers to become bloated and >> incompatible. So the SGML oldies have an inbuilt distaste for them. > >Not this one - I still use SGML parsers specifically because they do make it easier to mark up >data by inserting the minimum number of tags. I think there are two aspects: 1) SGML is at heart a compiler compiler; to complain that it accomodates variant syntaxes is like complaining that lex allows different delimiter tokens: that is the point of it. 2) SGML'86 allows different implementation to implement only parts of the optional feature set, but did not provide a way to name or manage these (i.e., invoking the SGML declaration using a formal public identifier). This in turn made it too difficult to create any brand identity: the document could not self-describe its brand of syntax. XML is largely a specific Web-SGML declaration with a good brand-identity mechanism. Rick Jelliffe (N.b. despite the Allette email address, I don't work there. I just keeping an email account there.) 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/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 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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