empty tags and the XMl 1.0 spec

Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Fri Mar 12 17:40:28 GMT 1999

>From the XML spec, section 3.1:

"Empty-element tags may be used for any element which has no content,
whether or not it is declared using the keyword EMPTY. For
interoperability, the empty-element tag must be used, and can only be
used, for elements which are declared EMPTY."

1. The "can only be used" part of the second sentence seems to
contradict the the first sentence.

2. "the empty-element tag must be used...for elements which are declared
EMPTY" seems to contradict the assertiona that <NAME></NAME> and <NAME/>
are the same thing.

Is there any way out of this conundrum?

Elliotte Rusty Harold

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