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Re: Sample Question

From: David G. Durand <dgd@cs.bu.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 1997 16:50:36 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <199701302150.QAA21829@cs.bu.edu>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@www10.w3.org

>From: Len Bullard <cbullard@HiWAAY.net>
>W. Eliot Kimber wrote:
>> <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?

I think we don't have to. See below.

>Not kidding. That example above goes to the heart of what XML does and 
>can bring to the party, and the mood of the host.
You are certainly right about the mood, but there is also a lot of
frustration with fixed tag sets, and there is fortunately alternative markup
that is nicer and easier to explain:

 <P>Your IP address is <SERVER>write(request.ip)</SERVER>
 <SERVER>write("&lt;p>Last time your were " + client.oldname + ".")</SERVER>

Sorry I missed the syntax error the first time I read it... I agree that
this is a bit inconvenient, but I think people will be willing to put up
with this to avoid entrapment in the straightjacket of HTML.

All you need to say is that < is a delimiter and needs escaping whenever it
does not start a tag.

I don't know why (or if) Eliot prefers CDATA.

  -- David
Received on Thursday, 30 January 1997 16:51:03 UTC

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