A little wish for short end tags

Gregg Reynolds greyno at mcs.com
Sat May 16 06:23:09 BST 1998

Jon Bosak wrote:
> [Toby Speight:]
> | But there are plenty of (non-parsing) applications that benefit from
> | XML standard end-tags.  
 This is precisely the scenario that I had in mind when I invented the
> figure of the Desperate Perl Hacker -- someone who has no idea how to
> build a parser but can do very powerful operations on large quantities
> of XML using simple pattern matches if the presence of full end-tags
> is guaranteed.

	1. Short tags
	2. Some non-trivial number of docs marked up with short-tags
	3. Some non-trivial number of DPH's desperate to hack at these docs;

Isn't it likely that some non-trivial number of XML normalizers will
become at least as widespread as perl?  Thereby relieving our lonely
hackers of some non-trivial measure of their desperation?

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