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Re: B.11 Empty end-tags?

From: Len Bullard <cbullard@HiWAAY.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 1996 09:35:48 -0500
Message-ID: <3260FE44.6E1D@HiWAAY.net>
To: Jon Bosak <bosak@atlantic-83.Eng.Sun.COM>
CC: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Jon Bosak wrote:
> 
> | On 16 October 1996, the ERB will vote to decide the following question.
> | A straw poll indicates the ERB is leaning to forbidding empty end-tags.
> |
> | B.11 Should XML forbid, allow, or require empty end-tags (7.5)?
> 
> I said a while ago that I would speak up for the Desperate Perl Hacker
> (and others similarly situated).

[snip]

> This may not
> sound like much, but to a lot of people in the trenches, especially
> people facing deadlines, it's all the difference in the world.  I
> suspect that the same is true for people who build cgi-bin scripts and
> similar one-off lightweight processors.
> 
> Jon

I concur with Jon.  Whatever space is saved by the empty end tag, it 
complicates the use of simple rewrite scripts and it makes it much
harder 
to read the instance.  Simpler scripts are important to making XML
usable.

len
Received on Sunday, 13 October 1996 10:35:24 UTC

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