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Re: Suggestions/Questions

From: C. M. Sperberg-McQueen <cmsmcq@acm.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 19:30:25 -0600
Message-Id: <4.1.20000710192813.019f1a10@tigger.cc.uic.edu>
To: "Eve L. Maler" <Eve.Maler@east.sun.com>, Jonathan Marsh <jmarsh@microsoft.com>
Cc: "'spec-prod@w3.org'" <spec-prod@w3.org>
At 10:13 00/07/06 -0400, Eve L. Maler wrote:

>>I do this all the time in issue and comment resolution markup.  I wish to be
>>able to write one of these instead.
>>   <loc href="http://www.w3.org"/>
>>   <loc>http://www.w3.org</loc>
>The problem is that sometimes you don't want the content to repeat the URL; 
>you want it to say something in English.  Basically, loc is like A.  We 
>could make the semantics be CONREF-like; I have no problem with 
>that.  (That is, when the content is empty, repeat the href value as the 
>content in the output.)  Comments?

Only that it may be easier to support the second form than the first.

Supporting the first form would be as you describe, and requires a check
for empty content, which is often (always?) complicated.  (I.e. I 
don't know how to do it in XSLT, and the way I have done it in homebrew
systems is invariably a fairly ugly hack.)

Supporting the second seems simpler:  print the content as is, and
if href is unspecified, then use the content as its value.


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