> >    <? puts "as does this" ?>
> 
> +1 in concept, because XML standards suggest it this way, too. However,
> <?ruby is better, following the XML processing-instructions spec.

or just, <?r ?>

(The PHP people say not to use shorttags (<?= $var ?>) too, there was
a zend contest here the 2nd place guy got put down to 6th for that!
And the best prizes were in the top 5 :p )

Douglas