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Subject: [] or ? for optional

--On 10 July 2001 09:38 +0900 Murata Makoto <mura034@attglobal.net> wrote:

> James Clark wrote:
>> > - Isn't the type attribute optional for <value>?
>> Yes.  There's a "?" following the attribute value that is intended to
>> indicate this. Is there some way I should fix the notation to make this
>> clearer?
> Sorry, I looked over the "?".
> I prefer "[" and "]" probably in a big font.

That would be more visually obvious, but I wonder how familiar the use of 
[] for optionality would be to our potential audience. Let's do a little 

If you read this, please send a message to the list saying whether you are 
familiar with the use of [] for optionality and would guess that the square 
brackets in

<value [type="NCName"]>string</value>

indicate that the attribute is optional.

Alternatively we could try to make it harder to miss the ? by adding 

<value (type="NCName")?>string</value>


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