Proposition: "SGML is Gumming Up the Works"

John Cowan cowan at
Mon Sep 14 23:31:36 BST 1998

matt at wrote:

> Are you calling for the resurrection of SHORTREFS?  Content models should
> ideally address the abstract syntax tree.  Lexical constraints address
> content.  If you want to cross them, you need something like SHORTREFS (or
> BNF).

I have called for a simple-minded kind of SHORTREF, to address the
fact that #PCDATA content has internal markup of a type-specific
kind: decimal points in numbers, colons and hyphens in dates, etc.

Coming soon: ShortRefFilter.

John Cowan		cowan at
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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