Re: space

William Perry (wmperry@aventail.com)
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 06:42:01 -0700


Date: Mon, 23 Sep 1996 06:42:01 -0700
Message-Id: <199609231342.GAA21240@newman>
From: William Perry <wmperry@aventail.com>
To: Chris Ridd <C.Ridd@imc.exec.nhs.uk>
Cc: Stuart Young <nakor@glasswings.com.au>,
Subject: Re: space
In-Reply-To: <32467350.685E@imc.exec.nhs.uk>
 <32467350.685E@imc.exec.nhs.uk>

Chris Ridd writes:
>Stuart Young wrote:
>> 
>> On Mon, 23 Sep 1996, Walter Ian Kaye wrote:
>> 
>> > None of those are usable for computer source code, however. In source
>> > code, a specific number of space characters can be vital to the correct
>> > functioning of the program! Currently, HTML is unusable as a means of
>> > transmitting source code; other content types must be used instead.
>> 
>> Isn't this what <PRE> is all about?
>
>No, because the contents of a <pre> section is only PCDATA, which
>prevents you from using the 'special' SGML characters inside your
>program. This will greatly annoy your programmers...
>
>eg
>
><pre>
>PROCEDURE frob
>BEGIN
>  IF silly <> foolish THEN
>    WRITELN("Ooops.");
>END
></pre>
>
>is not legal because of the "<>".

 That's perfectly legal from what I understand.  CDATA entries are only
terminated by </[a-z]

-Bill P.