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Re: XML2.0: Comments (Was: Towards XML 2.0)

  • From: Dimitre Novatchev <dnovatchev@gmail.com>
  • To: Pete Cordell <petexmldev@codalogic.com>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 09:27:45 -0800

Re:  XML2.0: Comments (Was: Towards XML 2.0)
> But the problem I see with Mike's <xml:comment/> proposal is that it implies
> that the body of the comment is well-formed.  I think this is too onerous if
> you're trying to hack stuff out to see where it's broken, and likely to push
> someone over the edge.
>
> That's what I tried to convey in my example; where the start tag and end tag
> don't match

Who writes XML by hand today? Leave your IDE comment and uncomment
markup for you.

The IDE will know how to do this -- perhaps it will escape/unescape
the characters as necessary, but still display them unescaped in a
suitable color/bgcolor combination.

When trying to uncomment a non-well-formed markup the IDE will:
  1. Warn you.
  2. Not unescape, in case if you go on.

There are many ways to safely carry out commenting/uncommenting with an IDE.

-- 
Cheers,
Dimitre Novatchev
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On Sun, Dec 5, 2010 at 6:10 AM, Pete Cordell <petexmldev@codalogic.com> wrote:
> Original Message From: "Dave Pawson"
>
>>> There seems to be two main uses of comments in XML today which is
>>> aligned with the two schools of thought in this thread:
>>>
>>> 1.] Simply commenting out code or adding TODOs etc. - similar use to
>>> standard code comments.
>>> ...
>
>> With  a KISS hat on, Use Mikes idea,
>> and don't parse them any differently to any other element.
>> That would answer the basic need, 1 above.
>
> But the problem I see with Mike's <xml:comment/> proposal is that it implies
> that the body of the comment is well-formed.  I think this is too onerous if
> you're trying to hack stuff out to see where it's broken, and likely to push
> someone over the edge.
>
> That's what I tried to convey in my example; where the start tag and end tag
> don't match:
>
> <!-- Ignore this until I fix it --
> <MyElement>
>   <!-- The price is changed by the controller -->
>   <price>100.00</price>
> </BrokenMyElement> <!-- Is this the problem? -->
> -->
>
> Pete Cordell
> Codalogic Ltd
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> for more info
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