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- From: Paul Prescod <email@example.com>
- To: "Liam R. E. Quin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 19:05:02 -0500
"Liam R. E. Quin" wrote:
> Yes. This can be good and bad. There's been a tendency in the SGML
> world to use them like significant comments -- if you've ever seen a
> large document with <?Pub Stuff> scattered all over it, you'll know
> what I mean. The usual reaction is that people in such environments
> write scripts to remove all the processing instructions.
I tend to consider the term "significant comment" an oxymoron in the text
processing context. If something is flagged as data-model-invisible it
should be data-model-invisible -- completely. Still, in my classes I've
borrowed your idea and turned it around. I say that comments (the familiar
concept) are a type of processing instruction designed for the processor
called the "human brain." Other software should not expect to understand
them and should ignore them.
> I agree, and in some ways this could be where namespaces go, I think.
Please see my recent proposal in another message. I think it formalizes
Paul Prescod - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself
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