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- From: David Megginson <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Tue, 30 Dec 1997 20:58:54 -0500
Paul Grosso writes:
> >My guess is that the level-one DOM includes comments only to support
> >messed-up HTML-related tools that hide what should be processing
> >instructions in comments. I don't know if we really want to dirty
> >ourselves with this in XML, unless we can come up with a compelling reason.
> Your guess is wrong.
> The DOM has several reference applications including editors and
> data repositories, and retention of comments is a requirement for
> these applications. This is true for XML and has nothing to do
> with "dirty" use of comments in HTML.
Yes, but is the level-one DOM the right place for such information?
The preservation of comments is certainly important for authoring
tools, but _much_ more important is the preservation of general entity
references in data and in attribute values, neither of which the
current draft of the level-one DOM supports.
Perhaps both comments and general entity references belong more
properly in a level-two DOM rather than in level one, since they deal
with lexical issues rather than logical structure.
All the best,
David Megginson email@example.com
Microstar Software Ltd. firstname.lastname@example.org
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