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Why ANY is so restrictive?

  • From: Paul Tchistopolskii <paul@q...>
  • To: "'xml-dev'" <xml-dev@x...>
  • Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2000 18:54:32 -0800

any is


About one year ago I have posted the letter to XML-dev list 
asking was there some practical reason behind  making 'ANY' 
so restrictive in XML v 1.0.

I proposed to change the semantics of ANY to 
'anything well-formed is fine'. 

There was a silence on this topic. I got no explanation 
why ANY is so restrictive. 

Maybe now somebody would try to explain what was 
the purpose of such a restrictive 'ANY' in XML 1.0 ?

After a year I still think current 'ANY'  does not solve 
any practical problem.

OK, OK  maybe it does ... But 'anything-well-formed' 
solves the same problem for sure + much more 

Is there *any* reason having 'ANY' so restrictive?

Thank you very much for the explanation ( if any ).


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Mike Brown <mbrown@c...>
To: <xsl-list@m...>
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2000 3:24 PM
Subject: RE: Where can I find the XSLT DTD?

> Rick Geimer wrote:
> > you could just define all the XHTML elements with the ANY keyword.
> Almost. ANY means any *declared* element. You still have to declare the
> elements, and when you declare the elements, you have to declare what their
> contents can be.


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