Embedding Content as Element Content or As An Attribute Value

Chris Maden crism at ora.com
Fri Jan 9 15:06:56 GMT 1998

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

If there were XML publications, we'd refer you to them.  As far as I
know, I have *all* of them.  _Presenting XML_'s first half is a good
philosophical overview of the "why"s and "how"s of XML, but its second
half, as well as most of _XML Complete_, is already obsolete because
the specification is still changing.

(Yes, I'm biased.  By choosing to wait until the specs have stabilized
to publish my book, I'll probably lose a certain amount of market
share.  But I'll be able to refer people to my book for technical
answers with a clear conscience.)

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