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Re: Optional features considered harmful

From: James Clark <jjc@jclark.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 15:13:58 +0000
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To: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Cc: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
At 06:54 24/10/96 +0000, Tim Bray wrote:
>At 11:34 AM 24/10/96 +0000, James Clark wrote:
>>At 23:57 23/10/96 +0000, Tim Bray wrote:
>>>1. external text entities are a basic necessity for authoring ...
>>I would like to point that at least one person on the ERB (me) passionately
>>believes that this viewpoint is totally misguided...
>>... it is certainly possible to build a fine authoring
>>environment without any use of external text entities.
>James is correct; it is certainly possible to do this.  But SGML provides
>a built-in, standard, nonproprietary way to go about it.  The way I sell
>SGML in the corporate world is:
>SGML gives you:
> 1. a way to model the structure of your documents, and
> 2. a way to control the authoring so they come out right, and
> 3. a way to modularize documents for re-use and management, and
>It seems to me that if XML loses text entities, then #4 no longer applies
>to #3.  

I think you can get 3 and 4 without external text entities by using
transclusion via link semantics, which are going to be standardized in a
later phase of XML.

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