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   Re: [xml-dev] Character Entities: An XML Core WG View

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Simon St.Laurent scripsit:

> "mind-bogglingly annoying" seems like an adequate description of the
> situation, even for those of us who aren't using XML Schema.  The
> separation between structure and content description is critical, but
> the "spare parts left over" approach seems like a bad idea generally.

If we were defining a markup language de novo, like LMNL, that would be
a reasonable answer.  We aren't.  There's a mechanism in place, no matter
how much some people hate it, that *does the job*.  It may be awkward,
annoying, or funny-looking.  That doesn't make the case for inventing
a new mechanism, still less looking up like a bunch of sheep and expecting
someone else to invent it -- and then grumbling about secret processes and
dictatorial WGs.

(Okay, it's Friday afternoon and there's no heat in my house.)

John Cowan                                   jcowan@reutershealth.com
        "You need a change: try Canada"  "You need a change: try China"
                --fortune cookies opened by a couple that I know


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