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   Re: [xml-dev] Suggestions for a slightly less verbose (and easier to aut

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Rob Lugt wrote:
> 1)  Allow </> as an abbreviation for any closing tag.  After all
> <xsl:template>...</xsl:template> is rather long-winded and the element name
> in the closing tag is completely redundant.  I believe the closing tag
> syntax is probably a throw-back to SGML compatibility, but if XML 1.x
> discards that baggage then I think this would be a good thing to do. 

Funny how SGML gets the blame for whatever people dislike about XML.
Actually SGML worked exactly as you propose. </> was a legal SGML
end-tag. It had other short-forms too. Here is a document that used (and
described) just about all of them:


Actually, it was the creators of XML who decided not to keep any of

You can get the full story from one of the "fathers of XML":


As you know, your second complaint is also something that XML removed
from SGML. Your final complaint is the only one inherited from SGML.

 Paul Prescod


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