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Re: [Psgml-devel] Re: Key sequence C-c C-f C-e uses invalid prefix chara

From: Peter Flynn
Subject: Re: [Psgml-devel] Re: Key sequence C-c C-f C-e uses invalid prefix characters
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2003 22:57:03 +0000
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Karl Eichwalder wrote:

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 ;-)

I'm not sure what you mean by "check the .sgml file against the DTD
at _all_ stages" but if you mean "conduct continuous validation" then
many SGML and XML editors do exactly that: only they don't do it by
running a sequential parse of the entire document every time, they
just disallow any editing action which would break the rules of the DTD.

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


Interesting. How many more people think invalid C ought to compile?

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

Perfectly correct, and it has never claimed to be such. I just think
the name is misleading.

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

Ditto with SGML :-)

I rest my case.


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