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Re: XML Draft Section 2.8

From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 1996 13:51:26 -0500
Message-Id: <1.5.4.32.19961116185126.006b41bc@csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
To: gtn@ebt.com (Gavin Nicol)
Cc: lee@sq.com, w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
At 01:26 PM 11/16/96 -0500, Gavin Nicol wrote:
>>I don't think that there is a system that is simpler than SGML which is also
>>100% interoperable with SGML tools. Making all REs significant certainly
>>wouldn't. Some SGML tools use them to format output to make it more human
>>readable (and I like that!!!).
>
>Do NOT say RE when you mean newline. That is the whole source of 
>confusion here (the fact that people look upon them as one and the
>same).

Okay. I think that the SGML spec intended for newlines to be REs (as people
have attested here), but I can use a different terminology.

"I don't think that there is a system that is simpler than SGML which is also
100% interoperable with SGML tools. Making all newlines significant certainly
wouldn't be. Some SGML tools use them to format output to make it more human
readable (and I like that!!!)."
 
Changing the terminology does not change the facts about current tools. EBT
uses these meaningless spaces and newlines all over their Website, both in
content that is obviously generated by DynaWeb and content which I presume
is created by hand.

It is an entirely aestethic argument, but it seems to be a pervasive aestethic.

 Paul Prescod
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Received on Saturday, 16 November 1996 13:49:35 EST

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