ID attribute defaults

W. Eliot Kimber eliot at
Thu Nov 12 03:06:30 GMT 1998

At 02:41 PM 11/11/98 -0500, John E. Simpson wrote:

>What am I missing? Is there some way both to use ID/IDREF *and* not require
>the document author to supply IDs on her own?

It's my personal feeling that the inability to provide defaults for ID,
IDREF(S), and ENTITY(IES) attributes is a bug (in SGML unavoidably
inherited by XML).  Document type designers should be able choose for
themselves what does and doesn't make sense in their applications.


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W. Eliot Kimber, Senior Consulting SGML Engineer
ISOGEN International Corp.
2200 N. Lamar St., Suite 230, Dallas, TX 75202.  214.953.0004

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