[rdfweb-dev] Re: bio:olb --- text or hypertext?

Norman Walsh ndw at nwalsh.com
Wed Aug 6 18:36:15 UTC 2003

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/ Julian Bond <julian_bond at voidstar.com> was heard to say:
| Norman Walsh <ndw at nwalsh.com> wrote:
|>There are absolutely no circumstances in which escaped markup should
|>ever be rendered. It is an unacceptable design.

Feedback (i.e. hate mail) suggests that I may have overstated my case.

| So it's never acceptable to transport markup from one application to
| another using XML. Fine. I won't use XML then. I'll just have to
| transport the markup out of band.

That's not what I mean to say.

| Meanwhile, back in the real world, some damn user has typed some damn
| mis-spelt html into a damn plain text field because they could. And
| that field ended up in some XML. And I don't want to upset the app
| that's going to read that XML because the parser refuses to try and
| parse anything that's not perfect. So I selectively strip tags, escape
| any special characters that are left and try and cope with feral "less
| than" signs. And every so often it still doesn't work.

I don't object to escaping markup in order to transport it around in
XML. How could I, there's precious little else that you could do?

My object is to the *rendering* of that escaped markup later on.

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