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- From: Jarle Stabell <email@example.com>
- To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 16:08:02 +0100
Simon St.Laurent wrote (about entities and XLink overlap):
> The overlap may not feel dangerous, but the very existence of an overlap
> does make people wonder - a lot. Having multiple ways to achieve similar
> goals using totally different syntax is usually not considered elegant.
> Elegance may not be a design goal for XML, but it certainly would help on
> the coherence issue.
Personally I'd love to see entities disappear (except the "magic"/necessary
ones), they make parsers harder to write (especially if one wants to make
user-friendly tools (on syntax errors, the problematic text should be
highlighted)). They also (AFAIK) ruin the "Desperate Perl Hacker" idea.
I don't know how many parsers out there are able to do the following (via
1. Load a document (with entities)
2. Operate on the document (via DOM).
3. Save it.
*AND* keep the original entity structure intact?
If one removed the entities and used DTD's with XML syntax, I think
authoring tools would be much easier to implement, and probably easier to
do the layering needed(?) for more conceptually advanced issues.
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