empty tags and the XMl 1.0 spec

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Fri Mar 12 18:57:17 GMT 1999

Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> >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."
> ...
> Is there any way out of this conundrum?

Yes, look at the definition for "interoperability." The paragraph above
says "If you want to be legal XML do this. If you want to be compatible
with old SGML tools also do this."

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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