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Re: SERIOUS concerns about implementation

From: Steven J. DeRose <sjd@ebt.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 1997 12:59:26 -0500
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To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
At 06:38 PM 02/20/97 -0600, len bullard wrote:

>> I aggree. But I *do* wish we could stop referring to SGML files as "legacy".
>> Surely SGML->XML is a "down-translation" not an "up-translation".

I don't think vertical terms are applicable. Since the element structures of
both forms are the same, I don't think there's vertical motion involved at all.

It would seem very odd to me to say that global changes of approximately

   <!--\([^-->]\)/-->    to    <!--*\1*-->


   <?\([^>]\)>           to    <?\1?>

are "down-translation". They seem purely horizontal; certainly none of the
real information has changed; only the syntactic details of its
representation. Certainly we wouldn't call re-vamping an SGML file to use a
new delimiter set "down" or "up" translation; and that's all that's really
going on here (the only difference being a clearl trivial one, that SGML
doesn't presently let us change COMO and COMC separately).
Received on Friday, 21 February 1997 13:02:20 UTC

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