SGML lawyer questions

John Cowan cowan at
Mon May 17 18:49:22 BST 1999

Stefan Mintert wrote:

>  > 1) Are these documents valid?
>  > 2) What is the content of the TEXT element in each document?
> Below is the answer from nsgmls. Please note that the files are read from
> STDIN (I used ### to separate end of input from begin of output)

Okay, so far so good.  nsgmls doesn't think that leading blanks are
part of the root element (i.e. the start-tag is inferred only when
non-blank content is seen).  Next question: why is this behavior
the Right Thing?

John Cowan		cowan at
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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