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Re: Key sequence C-c C-f C-e uses invalid prefix characters

From: Karl Eichwalder
Subject: Re: Key sequence C-c C-f C-e uses invalid prefix characters
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 07:02:59 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.090008 (Oort Gnus v0.08) Emacs/21.3.50 (i686-pc-linux-gnu)

Miles Bader <address@hidden> writes:

> On Wed, Dec 18, 2002 at 12:34:38AM +0000, Peter Flynn wrote:

>> as a DTD is *required* by ISO 8859 for all processing.

It's arguable whether editing a SGML file counts as "processing"; if
Emacs/psgml or any other editor would actually check the .sgml file
against the DTD at _all_ stages it would be impossible to open some
file or to tag a "plain" test file ;-)

> It doesn't matter what the `standard requires,' it matters what users
> find convenient.


> Think `graceful degradation' -- do the best you can, instead of pedantically
> clinging to standards.

Peter exaggerates :)  IIRC, the standard makes some claims about a
"conforming SGML system" and some such things -- but as long as you
don't call Emacs/sgml-mode.el such a system there is nothing to worry

> So when you can't get the SGML DTD, just pretend the file's XML, and you'll
> get `sort of reasonable' results.  It's not `correct,' but it's probably
> still useful, and sounds pretty easy to me*...

Better do it the other way around -- never ever pretend something is
XML if you don't know it for sure.

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