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   RE: </> as end tag

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <SimonStL@classic.msn.com>
  • To: "Chris Lovett" <clovett@microsoft.com>, "Xml-Dev (E-mail)" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Nov 97 00:34:42 UT

>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.  

It is deeply buried in the API, yes, but it was shown vividly in the site 
demonstrating XML with IE 4.0, where it's presented as perfectly ordinary XML 
and parsed as such.  For instance, the DSO example:

		<TITLE>Number, the Language of Science</>
	etc.... (from http://www.microsoft.com/standards/xml/ - XML Parser, Samples, 
DSO example.)

(I just revisited the site, and the files all still seem to be there, though 
my IE 4.0 browser is exploding with JavaScript errors that I hope are a sign 
that the site is under construction and coming down.)

>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....

On Sunday, I ran a lot of my files that had demonstrated freaky parsing 
behavior in the past - files that parsed as valid when they were explosively 
wrong (some referred to the wrong DTD, for instance), files that used 
parameter entities, and files that wouldn't parse at all.  They all seem to 
work properly now - so at least the bugs I had found are now dead.  (I only 
used jview - I'll run it through Sun's JDK and see what happens when I have a 

Simon St.Laurent
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