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  • From: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
  • To: "xml-dev@xml.org" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2000 09:32:21 -0500

Tim Bray wrote:

> If you have <OL>, that means the compact attribute is not specified.
> It does *not* mean that it's actually there but with a null value.
> I'm pretty sure John would agree. -Tim

Provided that "null value" is synonymous with "empty-string value",
then yes.  In other words, <OL compact=""> has an empty-string value
for the "compact" attribute, whereas <OL> has no value.  This
avoids the contentious word "null".


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