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Murray Maloney murray at
Wed Apr 29 21:35:33 BST 1998

At 03:13 PM 4/29/98 -0400, Paul Prescod wrote:
>I would think that in the case where the formatting is an intrinsic part
>of the meaning of a document, it should be represented in the markup just
>like everything else. XML encourages you to separate formatting from the
>abstraction, but it does not require you to. 

I don't want to spend much time on this point, but I have to
disagree with Paul's assertion.

It is not the case that SGML encourages the you to 
"separate formatting from the abstraction".

It is absolutely true that some SGML practicioners
promote this position. And it is also true that this
is an appropriate position to hold in many circumstances.

However, neither the SGML standard nor the XML specification
"encourage" you to adopt this position.



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