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Re: SGML and XML

From: Dave Peterson <davep@acm.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Dec 1996 15:24:05 -0500
Message-Id: <v01540b08aecf73f6434e@[]>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Gavin Nicol wrote:

>     I would be interested in hearing why people wish to necessarily
>have the entire attribute set appear on each element instead of just
>the attributes that had values specified (ie. I wonder if applications
>couldn't be built for the latter case that are effectively the same as
>the former).

I cannot see any reason they could not.  The reason for "real" defaulted
values as I see it is so that the DTD designer can direct that all
applications get the same default value, which "#IMPLIED" cannot insure.
Administrative sanctions on application builders can have the same effect.
(Though the may be tough to enforce in some open environments....)

Dave Peterson

Received on Saturday, 7 December 1996 15:25:52 UTC

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