empty tags and the XMl 1.0 spec

Kay Michael Michael.Kay at icl.com
Fri Mar 12 18:21:39 GMT 1999

> From: Elliotte Rusty Harold
> "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?
Yes. Section 1.2, terminology, says that all sentences beginning with "For
interoperability" can be safely ignored unless you are interested in getting
your document through a piece of software that wasn't written to process

Mike Kay

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