[Openmcl-devel] ccl manual (was Re: trace on recursive functions)
tfb at tfeb.org
Tue Dec 15 13:52:55 PST 2009
On 15 Dec 2009, at 17:33, Waldek Hebisch wrote:
> I think you forget basic fact: XML is ugly _bacause_ it was designed
> to be a markup language. Being a markup language language means
> that "ordinary text" goes unquated, but the extras are more heavy.
That's not true. XML is ugly because it's poorly designed. (D)TML is/
was a markup language which richer than XML (for instance it can use
anything CL can read as a type for attribute values) yet has
significantly less syntax (for instance there are no named closing
tags, the euivalent of CDATA requires much less work & so on). TML
was far from perfect, but it was a lot nicer to use than XML.
Of course XML is "poorly designed" because it needed to be mostly-
compatible with SGML, and SGML was poorly designed mostly, I think,
because of the "S". It's significant that one of the things SGML did
was to support a vast amount of shorthand syntax to make it easier to
type as the syntax was so clumsy. Unfortunately they also made it
really hard to write an SGML parser.
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