[DOC-SIG] Comparing SGML DTDs
Fred L. Drake
Fred L. Drake, Jr." <firstname.lastname@example.org
Thu, 13 Nov 1997 11:29:24 -0500
Guido van Rossum writes:
> I just don't like the fact that SGML makes characters that occur
> frequently in Python source code like "<" and "/" special. Also the
As Paul pointed out, this is pretty bogus. The only sort of
conflict I can see which could cause legal Python code to be
intepreted as an SGML or XML construct would be something like this:
ok = ok&flag; print ok
This is legal Python, but ugly as hell, and I don't think I've ever
seen the "&" operator used without spaces. So I'm not concerned.
> fact that SGML parsers that support the full syntax are either costly
> in money or in resources (few sites that I know have an SGML parser
Again, as Paul pointed out, SP and jade are free and substantially
cross platform as long as a solid C++ compiler is available. (gcc
counts.) If you're worried about having to install this stuff at
CNRI, know that jade 1.0 has been installed for a while. ;-) I think
1.1 is out; if so I'll upgrade our installation.
The tools are not unreasonable, they're just not written in Python.
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