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Re: escaping escaping

From: Gannon J. Dick <gdick@verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2002 15:40:18 -0600
Message-ID: <004001c29b14$9328efe0$6ad42e04@home2>
To: <jdcard@inreach.com>, <www-html@w3.org>

The <xml></xml> (not visible) and <xmp></xmp> (visible) tags
work nicely, but only for MSIE because there is a native parser for the DOM.

Involking a SAX parser just for this 'tag' sounds like an embedded
object/applet to me.
I don't know how you would implement this inline and generically.

--Gannon J. Dick
----- Original Message -----
From: "James Card" <jdcard@inreach.com>
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 2:02 PM
Subject: Re: escaping escaping


>
> On Tue, 03 Dec 2002 16:57:06 +0000, Philip TAYLOR [PC87S/O-XP]
> <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk> wrote:
>
> > Wingnut wrote:
> >>
> >> Hello!  Can we chew on the possibility of using CSS's...
> >>
> >> style='display: escaped;'
> >>
> >> ... where a styled-as-such elements' contents would hit the browser
> >> escaped (not rendered), as in HTML source text?  I probably have my
> >> terms screwed up, but you understand. :) I am looking for a
> >> container-tag or method to display html source without manually or
> >> dynamically escaping the lt's, gt's, quotes, amps, etc... during
> >> authoring.  display: escaped; sounded rather interesting so I thought
> >> I'd throw it to the wolves for consumption. :)  I'm still looking-into
> >> SOURCE, CODE, PRE, SAMP, etc.  All comments welcome.  If
> >> topic-wandering, email directly to me as wanted.
> >
> > I don't think this is feasible, although I accept that
> > the effect is highly desirable : you are asking CSS
> > to affect the interpretation of the /semantics/ of
> > an *ML document, whereas (AFAIK) CSS is restricted
> > to affecting the /appearance/ of such documents.
>
> For a constrained set like (X)HTML where the valid elements and attributes
> are known in advance, it is possible to accomplish this effect using CSS.
> The Showstructure.css file provided as an alternate user stylesheet in
> Opera 7.0 browsers demonstrates a way to do this.
>
> A generic solution that would work with any well-formed XML file is
> probably not possible. A script could be written to parse XML files
> accompanied by appropriate schema or DTDs that would generate a basic CSS
> file to accomplish something similar.
>
> --
> James Card
>
>
Received on Tuesday, 3 December 2002 16:40:18 GMT

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