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Re: RS/RE: basic questions

From: Rick Jelliffe <ricko@allette.com.au>
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 1996 01:40:53 +1000 (EST)
To: Gavin Nicol <gtn@ebt.com>
Cc: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Message-Id: <Pine.ULT.3.90.961003012727.14305A-100000@chuckd.allette.com.au>
On Tue, 1 Oct 1996, Gavin Nicol wrote:

> I'm starting to think seriously now that XML should just be LISP (I
> was half joking before). At least it doesn't confluge syntax and
> semantic interpretation. 

There is also the Interleaf option, of saying that all RE or RS are
ignored (by the application if not the parser): that all of them are just
there for nice formatting of the source code (assunming content models
like ( #PCDATA | an.element) are out of XML and RE/RS aren't used for
content model navigation). 

At the other extreme, there could also be something like the old Macintosh
convention, so that RS/RE is shortreffed to <p> or the paragraph tag (or
"<>" even).  In otherwords, force RE/RS to have a definite meaning largely
precluding its use willy-nilly inside mixed content elements. (It means
that XML might have trouble in editors that handle wraparound by inserting
linebreaks, but that would be bearable.)

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