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Re: Namespaces, the universe, and everything

From: Rick Jelliffe <ricko@allette.com.au>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 1997 16:41:41 +1000
Message-Id: <199706200641.QAA31604@jawa.chilli.net.au>
To: <w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org>
> From: Arjun Ray <aray@q2.net>

> Nevertheless, my push-come-to-shove preference is for something like (3). 
> (a) the scope of <![ .... ]]> is lexically distinct in a reasonably opaque
> fashion (sort of like figuring out the extent of an IGNORE MS), (b) like a
> PI, we keep the "notation" information separate from the actual data
> content, and (c) also like a PI, it focuses on a general purpose syntactic
> mechanism that can be specialized for the needs of namespaces. 
> Currently, only status keywords are allowed between the DSOs. I would
> propose a variant on Henry Thompson's proposal with syntax like this:
>    <![ (name-group) [ ... ]]>
In SGML terms, what you are asking for is, I think, 

* inline SUBDOCs,
* tagged using "formal marked sections".

> Name-munging certainly looks like an easy way out. But it smacks too much
> of forcefitting a solution whose essential appeal derives from a different
> paradigm (C++?) Sure, the programmers will grok it and love it. But it
> messes with the content (the need to "resolve" GIs gives them a data
> quality beyond their markup function) when what we need is just markup. 

I disagree. Making identifiers meaningful to computers is a good thing.

Rick Jelliffe
Received on Friday, 20 June 1997 02:41:09 UTC

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