Re: ERB decisions on A.17, B.9, and other questions

On Sun, 20 Oct 1996 15:18:56 -0400 (EDT), John_Lavagnino@Brown.edu wrote:

>The SDATA keyword, in very common practice, means "This is a name for
>the character, a name that needs conversion for whatever output device
>you've got at hand."  The prescribed effect (at least in the ESIS
>world) is to mark that name as distinct from ordinary document
>content.  You can certainly live without that distinction if you don't
>mind unreliable hacks like saying "anything in square brackets is
>really a character name".

I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you, John, but I would like to point out
that "[name]" doesn't have to be a hack. We could have an XML notation, declared
formally for all element types with data content, in which "[name]" was *always*
a character name. As long as the ESIS content is unchanged for all systems,
there is no need for text to be declared to the parser as SDATA.
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