[ic] RFC: Interchange Tags in HTML comments

Ed LaFrance (New Media E.M.S.) ic_users at newmediaems.com
Mon Sep 6 10:35:36 EDT 2004

At 03:10 AM 9/6/2004, you wrote:

>currently the Interchange parser strips HTML comments wrapping Interchange
><!--[data session browser]-->
>shows as
>Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; X11; Linux i686) Opera 7.54 [en]
>We assume that only a few users know about this arcane
>"feature", which in the current implementation might have unwanted
>side effects, as Jonathan Clark recently found:
>[tmp stuff]horse[/tmp]
>this works:[if scratch stuff eq horse]<[/if]
>this works:[if scratch stuff eq horse]<![/if]
>this doesnt work:[if scratch stuff eq horse]<!--[/if]
>this doesnt work:[if scratch stuff eq horse]-->[/if]
>We want to decide the fate of this "feature". In the case that
>people want to rely on it in the future, it will be switched
>off unless a certain pragma is used.
>Otherwise it will be removed in Interchange 5.4.
>Thanks for any comments
>         Racke

Just to elaborate a bit further: as I understand it, the purpose of this 
feature was to allow ITL in HTML pages that would be edited by various HTML 
editors. The <!-- --> would cause a typical editor to ignore the contained 
ITL, rather than complaining about it or attempting to parse/remove it. So 
those of you who use HTML editors, take note that this feature exists, and 
consider it's value to you before voicing your opinion.

- Ed

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