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Re: RS/RE: basic questions



At 10:39 PM 9/22/96 GMT, Charles F. Goldfarb wrote:
>As you just demonstrated, you are forcing the author to both remember the rules
>and implement them himself. They are not simple rules; if they were, we
wouldn't
>be having this discussion.

I think they are pretty straightforward:

 In data content:
  1. If an element begins or ends with a newline [not entirely
     accurate, but this is what people see], the newline is ignored.
  2. Newlines inside markup are ignored.
  3. All other newlines are passed on.

I could be convinced to drop #1 to make it even simpler, but I'd like to
keep it if possible just to reduce the amount of inconsistency with SGML.

>That isn't my proposal, Bob. My proposal is that data always be "quoted", just
>as in programs.  The author does *not* have to know about mixed content (in
>fact, mixed content won't actually exist). White space within quotes is data;
>other white space is ignored. 

My fault. I missed that point. That does diminish my disagreement with
this proposal, not enough to agree with it though. I'd prefer to leave
out the "quoting."

bob

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