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Re: C.9 Forbid & connector?

From: David G. Durand <dgd@cs.bu.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 22:53:06 -0400
Message-Id: <v02130505ae8c8d0cb02a@[]>
To: W3C SGML Working Group <w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org>
At 1:22 PM 10/17/96, Michael Sperberg-McQueen wrote:
>On 23 October 1996, the ERB will vote to decide the following
>question.  A straw poll indicates the ERB is leaning to yes.
>C.9 Should XML forbid use of the '&' connector in content models

Well, this is a peculiar reversal for me, but since we are going to keep
the weird semantics of SGML content models, & does not seem too burdensome.
And it is useful in some contexts. I don't feel strongly about it, but
we've already given up the hope that anyone can apply well known theory, or
common knowledge in implementing the feature, and & is easy when you just
parse against the parse tree (which is what people will do).

   Maybe that's an instance of another straw for the implementor's back,
but since we're throwing in a brick, I don't see that baking the brick with
straw in it is going to make that much difference.

  -- David

RE delenda est.

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