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Subject: RE: [relax-ng] Proposal: remove annotations from the compact syntax

Are you saying that we allow this:

## glip glop glorp

but not this:

namespace a = "http://relaxng.org/ns/compatibility/annotations/1.0";

[ a:documentation [ "glip, glop, glorp" ]]



> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Cowan [mailto:jcowan@reutershealth.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 10:30 AM
> To: relax-ng@lists.oasis-open.org
> Subject: [relax-ng] Proposal: remove annotations from the compact syntax
> Despite all of James's hard work on getting the compact-syntax annotations
> to work correctly and not be too ugly, I think they should go.
> *) They make the definition of conformance double-jointed.
> Instead of just
>    saying that compact-syntax schemas should work just like equivalent
>    XML-syntax schemas, we are stuck with saying that annotations should
>    be *converted* correctly, since the effect of either kind of annotation
>    on a strictly conforming RNG processor is nil.
> *) They are no substitute for coming up with a proper compact syntax for
>    RNG variants like RelaxNGCC or ooRELAXNG (I hope I have the caps in
>    the right places).  What users will want is an integrated syntax for
>    such extensions, not just an all-purpose kludge whose semantics may
>    in certain cases be incorrect.
> *) They make the BNF definition of the compact syntax much harder to read,
>    since they are basically clutter but have to be handled separately in
>    almost every location.
> *) They make the formal definition in the Appendix much more complicated
>    and likely to contain bugs.
> *) They are still ugly.  :-)
> None of this is an argument against translating the ## comments into
> a:documentation elements, which is a Good Thing and should stay.
> --
> John Cowan                              <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
> http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              http://www.reutershealth.com
>                 Charles li reis, nostre emperesdre magnes,
>                 Set anz totz pleinz ad ested in Espagnes.
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