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  • From: digitome@iol.ie (Digitome Ltd.)
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 26 Feb 1997 19:38:50 +0000

What exactly do people mean by "API" for XML.

A function/method interface?
An abstract data structure specification?

There is a degree of overlay between the two however, trench warfare experience
leads me to prefer abstract data structure over functions/methods.

As soon as you create function/method interfaces you are creating a backward
compatability problem for yourself. If you want to make wholesale changes you
must maintain the "old" functions/methods in order to avoid breaking existing

The thing I would like most to see tied down is the ESIS++ (or RAST) for XML so 
that tools can sensibly be tested against a reference test suite.

Sean Mc Grath

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