Embedding Content as Element Content or As An Attribute Value

Marcus Carr mrc at allette.com.au
Fri Jan 9 04:08:38 GMT 1998

Ray Waldin wrote:

> Of all the answers I've received, the ones referring me to SGML publications were the
> most intimidating.  If the intention is to
> produce a "simple dialect of SGML" for its "ease of implementation", having to
> retrace the historical minutiae of SGML in order to create an XML DTD seems to defeat
> that purpose.

The question was related to a philosophical issue that has been hashed out by SGML
people for ten years now, and that applies directly to XML as well. You need not know
all of the details - some books, such as Chet Ensign's 'SGML: The Billion Dollar
Secret' discusses SGML from a high-level perspective. Nobody's going to make you
memorise the white-space rules around included elements.... :-)

> It seems to me that referring XML newbies (like me) to SGML publications is like
> asking us to eat soup with a *BULLDOZER*.  :)

Don't be scared off - not everything to do with SGML is rocket science. Much of it is
just XML by another name.

> Starve or drown.  What we need is an XML spoon to properly devour this feast.
> Anyhow, thanks for letting me slurp!  :)

Sorry Goldilocks, such a beast takes time to make. Until then, you'll either have to
make do with Baby Bear's or Papa Bear's spoon. I suggest Papa Bear's, but only fill it
up half way.


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