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Re: [xml-dev] element markup in attributes

Michael Kay wrote:
>> What do folks think?  Is this reasonable, given the use case, 
>> or is this pushing too hard on attributes and escaping?
> A number of people have commented on the aesthetics, and I agree with them
> entirely.
> However, there is also a technical argument: XSLT, XQuery, and any other
> processing engine that takes an XML-centric view of the world, will be quite
> incapable of generating this stuff.

I'm afraid XML-centric views of the world have little traction with the 
creators of HTML5.  Remember, HTML5 preferred to define its own syntax:


"While the HTML syntax described in this specification bears a close 
resemblance to SGML and XML, it is a separate language with its own 
parsing rules."

It does support an XHTML syntax:


HTML5 is still, of course, markup, which is why I asked about this 
particular construct here.

Simon St.Laurent

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