Re: Processing instruction guidelines
I try to use processing instructions only for things that are really specific to one and only one application and that are not intrinsic to the document's content. I prefer to put anything that: - should be used by more than one application, - would be useful in the future (when other tools may be used), or - is a real part of the information, into the element/attribute structure of the document. I like to use processing instructions for information I want to "hide" from (some) XML applications, but that should be available other tools. One use of PIs that we at Mulberry use a lot is in sample documents. We want the samples of documents we provide with DTDs and Schemas to be valid (of course). But we also want to display parts of the documents at appropriate places in the application documentation. We put processing instructions in the samples to specify which portion(s) of each sample should be displayed in the documentation. This leaves us with samples that are still valid according to the schema/DTD we are documenting, but we that we can manipulate as needed. It's a major timesaver as the Schema/DTD changes and we want to re-validate all of the samples. I think it is generally bad practice to use PIs for things that many/any application(s) manipulating the content will need access to (for example, graphics placement instructions). It is good practice to use them for one-time use application-specific information (for example, in many situations, forced column-breaks and over-rides to hyphenation/justification programs). -- Tommie -- ====================================================================== B. Tommie Usdin mailto:btusdin@m... Mulberry Technologies, Inc. http://www.mulberrytech.com 17 West Jefferson Street Phone: 301/315-9631 Suite 207 Direct Line: 301/315-9634 Rockville, MD 20850 Fax: 301/315-8285 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Mulberry Technologies: A Consultancy Specializing in SGML and XML ======================================================================
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