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Re: C.14 Enumerations in attribute declarations?

From: Charles F. Goldfarb <Charles@SGMLsource.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 1996 19:46:57 GMT
To: Michael Sperberg-McQueen <U35395@UICVM.CC.UIC.EDU>
Cc: W3C SGML Working Group <w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org>
Message-ID: <326ddd16.2529258@mail.alink.net>
On Fri, 18 Oct 96 10:07:47 CDT, Michael Sperberg-McQueen
<U35395@UICVM.CC.UIC.EDU> wrote:

>At the very least, when we adopt rules not on their technical merits but
>solely to preserve compatibility with 8879, even in cases where 8879's
>rule is now generally conceded to be a Bad Thing, I think the spec
>should introduce the feature with the phrase "For compatibility
>reasons ... " -- as in "For compatibility reasons, the string '--'
>(double hyphen) is not allowed within comments."  WG8 members can then
>read the XML spec with a clear idea of where an XML rule was adopted
>because it seemed a good one, and where it was adopted solely for
>the sake of compatibility with 8879:1986 and will gladly be changed
>when the revision sets things right.

I think this is an excellent idea.
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