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On Sat, Jan 10, 2004 at 10:02:15PM -0800, Garth Wallace wrote:
> I believe that SGML allows you to do just that, but it was never
> implemented by HTML browsers and wasn't included in XML. While it would
> make things simpler for a machine to parse, it'd be brutally hard to
> hand-code without some assistance (like parenthesis-matching in emacs)

Ahem.  "In emacs"?  Many, many text editors have that feature, including
emacs' arch-rival vi. :) Not only that, but in the public domain program vim
("vi improved"), the rules used by the bounce-to-matching-parenthesis key ar
completely customizable; <any-tag>...</> would be simple to add.

-Mark