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RE: Formatting Processing Instructions

I for one have NEVER used a PI nor have ever encountered one nor have ever found any desirable use for one.

Reading the specs for PI's years ago always left me wondering ... of the few things XML allows why PI's?

They must have grand uses but I never figured it out.   I have missed the boat if there ever was one.


So *MY* follow-up question is What were PIs used for that they were so important to include in XML ?

My guess being something from the SGML world which I never visited in my starship. 






David A. Lee




From: Len Bullard [mailto:Len.Bullard@ses-i.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 3:23 PM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: [xml-dev] Formatting Processing Instructions


I’ve been away from XML military tech pubs for some years, so a question:  are formatting processing instructions still very common or should XSL-FO, FOSI etc. have eliminated those by now?


Is this

<?PubTbl row rht=”0.31in” />


still common in delivered documents?   Does this impact the reusability of the deliverable?


I had thought items like that were long gone but apparently not.  


Len Bullard

ILS Manager

Science and Engineering Services, Inc

248 Dunlop Blvd.

Huntsville, AL 35824



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