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  • From: "Don Park" <donpark@docuverse.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 20:24:53 -0800

>>Tangentially, this is also why I, apparantly alone in the 
>>world, think that PIs are so important--they are the only
>>thing that are utterly outside the control of the
>>standardizers who dislike plurality ...
>You're not alone.  Another reason PIs are important is that 
>they let you escape certain structural prisons when they're
>not needed.

I agree with both of you although I choose to solve the problem
headon rather than trying to protect one of the three trapdoors
built into XML (PI, attribute, and comments) which allows escape
from the forementioned structural prison.  In my opinion, all
three trapdoors have problems, even the attribute trapdoor which
is now quite fashionable among standard makers for grafting new

If we breakup the notion that XML documents directly represent
document structures, there is no need to resort to the trapdoors.
There are problems with this approach but I believe they are
solvable and worth solving.


Don Park    -   mailto:donpark@docuverse.com
Docuverse   -   http://www.docuverse.com

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