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Re: Are hyperlinks presentation or content?

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  • Subject: Re: Are hyperlinks presentation or content?
  • From: Norman Walsh <ndw@n...>
  • Date: Wed, 02 Oct 2002 12:59:05 -0400
  • In-reply-to: <F30Nrw7Gvslx0fQ3DaE00009f2a@h...> ("Wayne Steele"'smessage of "Mon, 30 Sep 2002 16:51:11 -0700")
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Re:  Are hyperlinks presentation or content?
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/ "Wayne Steele" <xmlmaster@h...> was heard to say:
| My understanding of why SGML was so complicated was acknowledgement of
| this fact. That people wouldn't accept being told what is an
| acceptable delimiter for their semi-structured data and documents.

That's an interesting gloss. I think it probably had more to do with
UI technologies of the day and data input requirements, but I'm not a
historian.

| This also explains why XSLT has been such a successful and widely used
| technology. It embraces this truth, rather than fighting it.

What truth is that? There's nothing variable about the syntax of XSLT.
If you want a template, you type <xsl-prefix:template> and if you want
to select the value of something, you type <xsl-prefix:value-of
select="expression"/>.

| Syntax Matters. People don't want to be told what GIs to use in their XML.

That's clearly true.

                                        Be seeing you,
                                          norm

- -- 
Norman.Walsh@S...    | Through space the universe grasps me and
XML Standards Architect | swallows me up like a speck; through thought
Sun Microsystems, Inc.  | I grasp it.--Pascal
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