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Re: PIs considered harmful Was: XML-SW, a thought experiment

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: 12 Feb 2002 16:33:42 -0600
To: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Cc: "'www-tag'" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1013553222.1708.133.camel@dirk>
On Tue, 2002-02-12 at 17:06, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
> On Tue, 2002-02-12 at 15:03, Tim Berners-Lee wrote:
> > I would agree with David and hope that PIs would be eliminated as soon as
> > possible.
> I would hope that the W3C would drop its continuing institutional animus
> against processing instructions.

What "institutional animus"? Don't lump us all in one pile.
How many "imo"s does TimBL need to use before you'll
let him speak for himself?

I think the cost of keeping PIs is lower than the cost of getting
rid of them, at this point.

The cost of keeping PIs is no more than the cost of comments,
as far as I can tell: one method in the SAX API, a few
lines in the XPath spec, etc.

Getting rid of them is just rude to all the folks like Norm who
have used them to get their job done (or somebody else's job,
from what I hear... great work on Docbook, Norm!) and go home
at a reasonable hour, despite somebody's insistence to use
DTD technology.

>  If there is a need to blast some bit
> of XML's SGML heritage as incompatible with the Web, may I suggest
> notations, unparsed entities, or both.

Yes, you certainly may!

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Tuesday, 12 February 2002 17:33:21 UTC

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