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Re: text/xml volunteers needed

From: Dave Peterson <davep@acm.org>
Date: Sat, 1 Feb 1997 16:58:01 -0500
Message-Id: <v01540b06af196b8eae7e@[]>
To: lee@sq.com, w3c-sgml-wg@www10.w3.org
At 4:35 PM 2/1/97, lee@sq.com wrote:

>With regard to your other mesage (Peter), note also that very few
>(if any) existing HTML documents are valid XML documents, as they
>  (1) lack the processing instruction at the start, and more importantly
>  (2) are not well-formed, because they use the "wrong" syntax for EMPTY
>      elements (<BR> instead of <BR/>) and use OMITTAG.
>They also use SHORTTAG, but this is YES in the XML SGML declaration in
>order to allow use of NET, and hence is sort of half allowed ;-), although
>forbidden by the XML specification prose.

If "forbidden by the XML specification prose", then using SHORTTAG other
than for the NET trickery is forbidden in XML, not "sort of half allowed".

In any case, as soon as the TC is adopted, XML will cease treating the
"CPTAGC" as a NET, and presumably will specify SHORTTAG NO.

Don't expect *any* XML system to tolerate other SHORTTAG stuff.

Dave Peterson

Received on Saturday, 1 February 1997 17:00:00 UTC

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