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   Re: [xml-dev] RE: SGML On The Web

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Arjun Ray writes:
> Yes.  More Tag Soup.  They want to command the client: Do This And
> Then Do That.  They are not really interested in building an
> information system. In a more honest age, we might call the real
> interest propaganda or even advocacy, but such terms today are too
> laced with politically incorrect connotations to have any chance of
> generating more light than heat.

Even for me, that's far too bleak.  The developers I've found who've hit
HTML's limitations have generally found themselves forced to code more
elegantly, not simply pile on features.  

Flash offers precisely the "Do this and then do that" which you
describe, but I find a lot of developers would prefer to clean up their
HTML in order to apply various tools to it (like CSS and scripting) than
shift completely away from the document-based approach.

You may not be fond of CSS and scripting, but the process does force Web
developers to think about what they're doing and why.  There is a chance
for developers to move from Tag Soup to more systematic approach, but it
does help to provide them with reasons and accessible toolkits.

Simon St.Laurent - SSL is my TLA
http://simonstl.com may be my URI
http://monasticxml.org may be my ascetic URI
urn:oid: is another possibility altogether


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