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Re: PIs considered harmful Was: XML-SW, a thought experiment

From: Rick Jelliffe <ricko@topologi.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 02:00:53 +1100
Message-ID: <000301c1d40d$dbf9f760$4bc8a8c0@AlletteSystems.com>
To: <www-tag@w3.org>
From: "Elliotte Rusty Harold" <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>

> if you introduce a way to make it
> clear that an XML element can be removed without harm
> (an XML function which elabrates to nothing) then you
> can do everything you want.  The question is whether
> one can go through the method of using PIs for that,
> with their "ignore me" functionality all built in, or whether
> one should add "ignore me" flag to elements.
A different take on this is that PIs are to some extent a workaround 
useful because we have schema languages that are closed by default. 
(Well, DTDs, RELAX and XML Schemas are :-)
Rick Jelliffe
Received on Monday, 25 March 2002 09:49:39 UTC

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