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   RE: power uses of XML vs. simple uses of XML

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  • From: Matt Sergeant <matt@sergeant.org>
  • To: Gavin Thomas Nicol <gtn@ebt.com>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 17:03:53 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 11 Jul 2000, Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:

> >  > I don't need mathml: prefixes to tell me the difference between
> >  > <list> and <list> though.
> > 
> > There we have it. You are not a computer program. Aint humans wonderful?
> Guess I must have written some real AI then... I've had lot's of programs
> manage this kind of distinction by themselves.

I think you're talking about two different things though. Your
implementation of detecting the document type by top level tag is only
valid if the entire document gets embedded, including that top level
tag. But what if I just want to be able to use the xhtml <ul>, and <li>
tags - there's no way in hell I want to have to add in
<html><body><ul><li> just to get my "point" across (pun intended). I'd
rather just have <doc:ul><doc:li>. Now you can argue that adding in
the namespace declaration probably means I'm not saving any keystrokes or
bandwidth, but that's a one time declaration (unless its done at the point
of use), whereas the <html><body> method has to be every time.


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