A processing instruction for robots

Rick Jelliffe ricko at allette.com.au
Thu Dec 9 06:11:05 GMT 1999

From: Don Park <donpark at docuverse.com>

 Not Walter wrote:
>>I'm not Walter, but to me this has the obvious advantage that it can
>>be used completely orthogonally to the document contents and the
>>software used to process the document for non-indexing purposes.
>IMHO, this line of thinking (aka 'sacred content')
>forces us to use PI or special attributes for
>extension of document instances.  Poor use of
>the letter 'X' in XML.

But thinking (methodology) forces us to have a need; a markup language
either supports that need or not.  Having PIs does not force anyone to
use them.

At www.apache.org, the first design coccon uses PIs, the second design
does not. The comments are interesting and useful for why, but they
also make the same mistake of saying that because they have moved to
a system complexity where PIs are not needed, therefore PIs are bad;
this is despite them using them in their first system.  So PIs, at
provide an alternative from that many designers find natural.

Rick Jelliffe

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