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Re: [xml-dev] XHTML 2 Working Group won't be renewed?

SGML has (note: HAS not HAD; SGML may be unfashionable but it is 
still in use) a mechanism to designate characters other than the 
default < and > as delimiters. However, this feature is rarely used, 
and when used is rarely anything other than a stupid markup trick. In 
my opinion, there are several valuable features of SGML that are not 
in XML. This is not one of them.

-- Tommie

>On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 4:25 PM, Jim Tivy<jimt@bluestream.com> wrote:
>>  Not a good idea for an open interoperatable data format.
>If part of the spec is a way to figure out what delimiters are being
>used in any given instance, then I'd argue the exact opposite.  I
>believe this was the case for SGML (anyone?)
>>  -----Original Message-----
>>  From: Peter Hunsberger [mailto:peter.hunsberger@gmail.com]
>>  Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2009 7:31 AM
>>  To: Pete Cordell
>>  Cc: XML Developers List
>>  Subject: Re: [xml-dev] XHTML 2 Working Group won't be renewed?
>>>  From: "Michael Kay"
>>>>  One problem is that the more universal you want to make it, the more
>>>>  contexts it has to be unambiguous in: for example XQuery has problems
>>  with
>>>>  {uri}local because it already uses "{" extensively.
>>>  If you get really desperate you could do something Perl-esque where you
>>>  choose your delimiters.
>>  Didn't SGML allow you to choose your own delimiters (in general)?
>>  --
>>  Peter Hunsberger
>Peter Hunsberger
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