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Re: XHTML : "attribute minimization", terseness of.

From: Arjun Ray <aray@q2.net>
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2000 11:31:41 -0500 (EST)
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10003021121500.404-100000@mail.q2.net>


On Thu, 2 Mar 2000, Sean Champ wrote:

>   in re. section 4.5 at http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/
> 
> can we use boolean values like <dl compact="1">
> 
> instead of redundant ones like <dl compact="compact">

  1.  It's not really redundant.  The *name* didn't have to be 
      'compact'.  That is, in the "old style" <dl compact>, the
      'compact' is the attribute *value*.

  2.  There is no such thing as "boolean" in SGML/XML.  This
      bogotic terminology came to life in the HTML 4.x specs
      and has caused nothing but confusion ever since.  See

      http://www.deja.com/=dnc/getdoc.xp?AN=580535642

      and the entire thread (I tried copying the URI for that,
      but it turned out to be hideously long.)


Arjun
Received on Thursday, 2 March 2000 11:31:24 GMT

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