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Re: OMITTAG specifications in element declarations

From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Sat, 02 Nov 1996 20:49:59 -0500
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To: Joe English <jenglish@crl.com>, w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
At 05:39 PM 11/2/96 -0800, Joe English wrote:
>Don't forget: you also have to expand all the parameter
>entity references, 
>Heaven help you if you're using something like
>TEI, DocBook, or IBM ID Doc...

>> The point of Eve's proposal is to avoid having to
>> continue to maintain both versions.  That to me
>> _does_ "seem like that big a deal...".
>Point taken, but I think it will take more than just
>allowing "- -" in the XML grammar to make this feasible.
>I could live without AND groups, but parameter entities and
>the ability to specify more than one associated element
>type in <!ELEMENT ...> and <!ATTLIST ...> declarations are

Often I find that even the DTD syntax is not powerful enough to express the
particular semantics and element-context linkages I want to express
elegantly (e.g. OOP-style "inheritance"). The solution may be to code in
something entirely unlike DTDs (for instance one of the instance syntax
languages we have discussed) and down-translate. Eve's suggestion would seem
to allow ONE down-translation instead of two.

 Paul Prescod
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