Empty elements

Jani Jaakkola jjaakkol at cs.Helsinki.FI
Thu Feb 12 15:28:53 GMT 1998

On Thu, 12 Feb 1998, David Megginson wrote:

> In other words, XML processors may (and should) treat
>   <br></br>
> and
>   <br/>
> as equivalent, but document authors might want to make the distinction
> so that pre-WebSGML SGML parsers can handle their documents.

Ah. Pardon me my ignorance. Different syntax for empty elements
in XML or SGML was a nuisance anyway, so this seems to be a one more thing

> SAX as it currently stands is not designed to preserve most lexical
> information; in the future, we may devise a SAX level-2 to return this
> information, but since most applications that need it will probably
> use a DOM anyway, the demand may not be strong enough.

If i understood this correctly, SAX is also not designed for
interoperatibility. If you want to generate pre-WebSGML from
XML using SAX (and accept that lexical information is not preserved), you
still would need the ability to detect empty declared elements.

- Jani

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