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Re: Sample Question

From: Peter Flynn <pflynn@curia.ucc.ie>
Date: 03 Feb 1997 14:15:49 +0000 (GMT)
To: w3c-sgml-wg@www10.w3.org
Message-id: <199702031415.OAA13995@curia.ucc.ie>
Len Bullard writes:
> > <P>Your IP address is <SERVER>write(request.ip)</SERVER>
> > <SERVER>write(
> > <![CDATA["<p>Last time your were " + client.oldname + "."]])</SERVER>
> Yep.  Now, what is the short sweet clear language that tells 
> the executive why he must require his programmers or IS specialists 
> to switch to this when what they have looks a lot like this 
> and is working?  What do we say when he says, "But my browser 
> vendor says this is 'stupid', slows down the system, and they 
> will never support it"?  How do we convince him that it is 
> worth the extra money and considerable risk to move off of 
> working platforms onto other platforms just to get closed 
> tags, obscure syntax, and fatter files?

The short answer is that they should never be seeing it, as any
half-way decent compliant XML editor would be set up to know that
<SERVER>'s contents must be shielded, and put in the CDATA marked
section automagically.

In reality :-) you're quites correct: the browser vendors will simply
not support syntax that costs them money to program around for no
obvious benefit apart from the warm fuzzy glow of knowing they conform
to 8879, regardless of how much easier it might make things in the
middle or long term.

Received on Monday, 3 February 1997 10:24:36 UTC

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