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   RE: </> as end tag

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  • From: Chris Lovett <clovett@microsoft.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 10:43:57 -0800

Enough already !!

I can tell that none of you actually tried the latest MSXML parser.  To even
get short end tags the programmer has to explicitly turn on the option as
	Document d = new Document();
	OutputStream o = new FileOutputStream("test.xml");
	XMLOutputStream out = d.createOutputStream(o);

In other words, it is a completely experimental feature that is thoroughly
buried in the API and the naive user won't even know it exists.  The only
reason it is there is because of the very fact that there was a lot of
discussion about short end tags in the first place.  So I decided to play
with the idea and quite frankly I thought it was kind of cool that XML was
so simple that end tags were redundant.  I think this further emphasizes the
simplicity of XML.  

As for blatant attempts at subversion, I'm just a country boy from
Australia, I don't get involved in that sort of thing :-)  So, enough
politics.  I'm more interested in constructive feedback from people you have
actually played with the new parser....

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