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Re: Link-2: Pseudo-elements

From: altheim <altheim@mehitabel.Eng.Sun.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 11:53:16 -0700 (PDT)
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
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> From: James Clark <jjc@jclark.com>
> At 11:37 18/05/97 -0700, Tim Bray wrote:
> >What does CHILD(N) mean in mixed content?
> 
> It should mean the n-th element (not element or pseudo-element).
> 
>  Counting pseudo-elements
>is icky to start with, but with our shakiness as to white space in
>element content, it's even shakier.  James has suggested just
>bagging the whole pseudo-element handling thing.  Comments?

If one considers those just learning XML, particularly those coming 
from the world of HTML (where it's often tough getting across an 
understanding of the difference between tags and elements -- heck,
most of books on the market get it wrong...), trying to promote 
'pseudo-elements' is really going to confuse many people. Even if the
concept is understood in the abstract, how many people would be able
to accurately count that which they can't always even see?

Support for pseudo-elements sounds like an enormously deep hole to
put on the learning curve. I'd drop it entirely.

Murray

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Murray Altheim, SGML Grease Monkey                  <altheim[@]eng.sun.com>
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