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Marcus Carr mrc at
Thu Jun 24 01:30:08 BST 1999

Kay Michael wrote:

> Some of the argument against abbreviated end tags is psychological: SGML
> allowed too many such options, and it caused parsers to become bloated and
> incompatible. So the SGML oldies have an inbuilt distaste for them.

Not this one - I still use SGML parsers specifically because they do make it easier to mark up
data by inserting the minimum number of tags. Anyone involved with loosly structured legacy
data would be better off using SGML than XML for the initial conversion (in my opinion) as you
can often save putting in 70-80 % of the tags. It may be an expensive feature from the
perspective of a parser writer, but it's very handy if you're a user.


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