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- From: Paul Prescod <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 01:47:34 -0500
> Well, its kind of a practical matter. From a support perspective (kind o'
> important to a company our size) proving that the content model is ambiguous
> means never have to say you're sorry, or at least have to say you're sorry less
My question is: under what circumstances does an ambiguous content model
cause a problem?
<!ELEMENT ABC (DEF?,DEF)>
Okay, so this is ambiguous according to the XML/SGML definition of
ambiguous. What's the problem? It matches the same thing as DEF, DEF?
<!ELEMENT ABC (DEF|DEF)>
This is ambiguous according to the more widely accepted definition. I
still don't see a problem. It matches the same thing as DEF.
I think that your concern about ambiguity comes from a background in
context free grammars where it is a big problem. In XML, every element is
explicitly separated from every other one with tags so ambiguity is not a
Paul Prescod - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself
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