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RE:Short tags

From: <lee@sq.com>
Date: Sat, 17 May 97 18:07:54 EDT
Message-Id: <9705172207.AA03450@sqrex.sq.com>
To: andrewl@microsoft.com, w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
> Peter Murray-Rust writes:
> 
> >SD1 (short tags).  This is trivial for parser writers, but ... error
> >recovery for missing endtags in WF documents would be effectively error
> >creation.
> 
> The current language definition specifies that there is no tolerance for
> missing end tags.  If the document is missing an end tag, it is not a
> well-formed document and simply cannot be processed. 

Irrespective of tolerance, the problem is not with a missing end
tag but with a misplaced one.

LISP programmers are very familiar with this issue -- without an
editor that does a kind of autoindenting not possible with XML,
LISP is incomprehensible and unmanageable.  We use the Scheme
lanaguage internally at SoftQuad, but without indenting it is far
worse than unindented C...

Andrew, I would suggest that you go and read the archives of this
mailing list, excelt that it's probably too much to cope with in a
single lifetime :-(

Jon: what has changed over the last 9 months or so that has made
this a valid topic to be reopened??

Lee
Received on Saturday, 17 May 1997 18:08:03 UTC

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