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Re: Request to relax PCDATA content model restriction

From: Deborah A. Lapeyre <dlapeyre@mulberrytech.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 1997 07:01:47 -0700 (PDT)
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
cc: "B. Tommie Usdin" <btusdin@netcom.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.3.89.9704230603.A21766-0100000@netcom14>

I would also like to second Eve's call for a relaxation of 45
to allow:
       ((#PCDATA | a | b | c)* )
Mulberry also has many models that look like this, in fact our "house 
style" recommends this over the alternative (#PCDATA | a | b | c)*.  

But my objections are purely aesthetic, I like the symmetry and closure 
of knowing that element content will always be enclosed in parenthesis or 
(in the larger case of SGML) will be a keyword.  Were I to write a 
program that parsed element declarations, I would find it simpler to 
depend on that fact.

Let's here from the other side of the coin.  Simplicity and beauty are 
not as powerful as technical arguments.  Why NOT go with Eve on this one?

-dal
Received on Wednesday, 23 April 1997 10:08:22 EDT

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