Re: Combining across markup?

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu Aug 12 2004 - 12:00:57 CDT

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    Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin scripsit:

    > Even better yet: Have the WC3 rephrase their demand that no element
    > should start with a defective sequence (when considered in separate)
    > as that no *block-level* element should etc., and leave things like
    > <span>, <i> and other in-line elements free to start with a combining
    > character (provided that the said in-line container is not the first
    > within a block-level element, of course).

    The trouble with that idea is that in XML generally we don't know
    what is a block-level element: elements are just elements, and it's
    up to rendering routines whether they appear as block, inline, or
    not at all.

    John Cowan
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    under the common law in the American colonies; so it was through more than
    two centuries of jurisprudence in this country; and so it is today. 
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