A little wish for short end tags

Toby Speight tms at ansa.co.uk
Thu May 14 13:16:02 BST 1998

Paul> Paul Prescod <URL:mailto:papresco at technologist.com>

Paul> I do not believe that there is any way ot implementat a legal XML
Paul> parser without keeping around all of the information required to
Paul> implement short end tags.  Checking that an end-tag matches its
Paul> start-tag (the current situation) is no easier than not checking.

But there are plenty of (non-parsing) applications that benefit from
XML standard end-tags.  An obvious one is selection of an element from
a document; a regexp search for the start-tag, and then just match
start and end tags *for that element type*, keeping track of depth
*for that element type* (we don't even need to do that if the element
type is known not to be nestable in itself).  That application need
not even notice tags for other element types.


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