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   [SML] Numeric character references (was RE: Why no ']]>' in CharData?)

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  • From: "Michael Champion" <mike.champion@softwareag-usa.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 09:56:07 -0500

----- Original Message -----
From: <rev-bob@gotc.com>
To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 1999 6:50 AM
Subject: re: RE: RE: Why no ']]>' in CharData?

> > 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

I agree with Don here.  Accomodating the coder's convenience in the language
itself is the first step on the road to another SGML.  A higher level tool
or API can easily handle the conversion, so put it there, not in the parser.

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