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Re: Semicolon better than ampersand as the default separator

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@webbackplane.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 15:10:14 +0100
Message-ID: <640dd5060910200710y37685886l6d314a7288429fc4@mail.gmail.com>
To: Krzysztof Maczyński <1981km@gmail.com>
Cc: www-forms@w3.org, www-forms-editor@w3.org
Hi Krzysztof,

You are right that the ampersand needs escaping, but that is exactly
why it's a better choice as the default. With the change to XForms
1.1, authors only need to provide a value for @separator if the server
they are addressing uses semi-colons.



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2009/10/19 Krzysztof Maczyński <1981km@gmail.com>:
> Dear WG,
> Pardon the cross-posting, but I'm not sure to which list this should go.
> In XForms 1.1 PR the default of the separator attribute was changed to ampersand. Semicolon is a viable and fairly common alternative whose main advantage over ampersand is that it doesn't need escaping in XML and SGML.  See also [1] and [2]. Worse even, authors often fail to escape it, which results in errors. I'd like to ask you to reconsider this change and I'd rather see it reverted.
> Best regards,
> Krzysztof Maczyński
> Invited Expert, HTML WG
> [1] http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/MatrixURIs
> [2] http://xmltoday.org/content/dancing-naked-streets-madman-takes-html-5#comment-2240
> (Not what you might expect having read that URI.)
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