Re: On the promotion and demotion of information items (was Re
From: "Alaric B. Snell" <alaric@a...> > Ahah! Now I understand! > > This support for hiding meaningful information in comments where no schema > can mandate it is a bid by the infoset-haters to discredit anything that > transports infosets! :-) Ha. Actually, I think it reflects a hoary and practical guideline common when doing text processing in organic stages: "never throw anything entirely away". For example, to prefer commenting sections out rather than deleting them. (In XML we only have comments to do this, in its predecessor so-horrible-it-cannot-be-named- among-civilized-folk-lest-the-mewling-infants-turn-green we could mark sections IGNORE.) I suppose that if schemas were written to support a <crap> tag, people could use that for much the same purpose, but they don't: and standards committees are usually about how to say some information is interesting, not how to say some information is probably uninteresting, so I don't foresee an OASIS group to standardize <crap>. Perhaps it could be taken on by some existing working group in some organization with a suitable track record. Cheers Rick Jelliffe
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