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- Date: 28 Nov 99 06:50:15 -0500
> >> Not too many folks noticed it but I removed the hex numerical character
> >> references in the preliminary EBNF. I prefer hex but didn't like the
> >> extra 'x' to get there. I can go with either hex or decimal but not both.
> >Why on earth not? I hope you're not going to plead processor
> >power or complexity of coding; I remember writing this conversion
> >in my sleep on ye olde Apple II, lo these many years ago.
> >Considering that my $100 palmtop has much more memory than even
> >my old revved-up Apple clone ever did (and probably more
> >computing power), I just can't realistically credit this argument.
> I just do not see the point of offering both hex and decimal.
> Convenience doesn't fly since writer might be used to hex and
> the reader might be used to decimal.
Funny - that's exactly why convenience DOES fly. If I'm used to hex and you're used to
decimal, doesn't it make sense to allow both? It's a trivial conversion that makes for a
lot more ease for users - allowing both is a no-brainer. After all, this is supposed to be
"Simple", right? Simple - as in "use what you know instead of having to learn a new
base and the new equivalents for common entities"?
I've got a lot of decimal-based entities in my code; what is your compelling reason for
making me convert all of them to hex in the name of a *Simple* Markup Language?
Conversely, maybe Joe over there uses a lot of hex-based Unicode entities; why should
he have to go in and convert 'em to decimal?
> Unless someone can offer a compelling reason for supporting both,
> I am sticking with my view.
I think portability of existing documents should be more than compelling enough.
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