SGML or SGML-like : Was Re: SHORTTAG
Tim Bray wrote:
> The things that are TEI-encoded are already in SGML and
> thus probably aren't crying out for XML - I suspect that following the advent
> of XML, there will be a pretty neat & tidy XML-compliant TEI subset (right,
> Michael and Lou?).
> I think all forms of SHORTTAG complicate parsing, don't add enough, and
> should be dropped in XML.
I don't disagree as yet with shedding these features. I am uneasy with
the "use real SGML" defense. This project has the public face of being
SGML On The Web, not "SGML-like On The Web". Is it the intent of the
participants to invent a different but similar language, or to define a
strict subset of SGML that is efficient for distributed networks?
This issue should be clarified before going further or it will be
a subtext to all discussions that follow and an issue that will
greatly complicate selling the solution.