Re: RS/RE: basic questions
Joe English writes:
> "W. Eliot Kimber" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > [...] but I think it's clear, as James pointed out
> > what seems like years ago that the only real solution to the RE problem
> > that preserves SGML compatibility is to eliminate mixed content, which
> > means quoting data.
> This is not the *only* solution. Another is to
> forbid whitespace in element content. Another
> is to require that pseudoelements which contain
> nothing but whitespace be "escaped" with entity
> references. Still another (which nobody's mentioned
> yet for some reason :-) is to forbid *element* content,
> so that all whitespace becomes significant.
Actually, it has been mentioned, by Paul Prescod, I think.
Doesn't your rule forbidding white space in element content
amount to the same thing to a DTD-less XML parser? It won't
know where data isn't allowed.
I toyed with the idea myself for a while -- figuring we'd
just leave it to the application (through style sheets or
whatever) to ignore those SSEPs it wasn't interested in.
When I realized I had just invented a new kind of comment,
I got badly frightened by the implications.
<tr><td>cell 1</td><td>cell 2</td> Go ahead, tell me some
clever hacker won't start
informing the readers of
that this is where you put your
special, secret codes.
William D. Lindsey
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