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Re: Mephaph Online

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, January 12, 2004, 4:15
Morgan Palaeo Associates scripsit:

> What is the rationale for this, btw? Quotes are superfluous for > attributes that don't contain spaces, and nobody wants to type more > characters than is necessary, so to my way of thinking compulsory > quotes fly in the face of common sense. I won't accept "because it > conforms better to SGML" as a rationale, unless accompanied with > evidence that SGML is, indeed, ordained by God.
No, on the contrary, it's SGML that allows quotes to be omitted (and a fortiori so does HTML). XML requires quotes for the sake of simplicity and uniformity: it's about removing as many options from SGML as possible without cutting out its heart. I give you goal 10 of the XML design: "Terseness of markup is of minimal importance." -- The man that wanders far from the walking tree --first line of a non-existent poem by: John Cowan