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   Classification of XML Parsers

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  • From: digitome@iol.ie (Sean Mc Grath)
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 09:20:24 +0000

The real truth behind XML's simplicity and ease of implementaton is being badly
let down by the haziness with with parsers are classified:-

Well Formed
Type Valid (In the DOM level 1 spec.)
Tag Valid (ditto)
DTD Aware (Aelfred)

Then there is a bevvy of terminology to do with what the parsers do and do
not provide
the application
 - Comments
 - Expansion of general entities
 - Access to element type declarations


Given that it is on this list that most of the implementors hang out I think
we could
usefully attempt to put together a classification.

Also, from a quick reading of the DOM there does not seem to be a node type
for unexpanded
general entity. How come?

Sean Mc Grath

Digitome Electronic Publishing

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