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- From: David Brownell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Paul Prescod <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 02 Apr 1999 12:44:45 -0800
> > SAX2, on the other hand, can take a stab classifying
> > its parsers (as could the DOM).
> That would be helpful.
The OASIS XML conformance working group has talked about this
a bit ... it turns out that while there's only one type of
validating processor, there are at least four types of
nonvalidating ones based on what external entities they read:
parameter entities ... then they normalize attributes
and expand entities
general entities ... then they don't drop content
both ... gee, they're almost the same as a validating
parser that doesn't report validity errors, and
might not report ignorable whitespace or unparse
entities (but they could do the latter if they
neither ... not all that interesting :-)
Arguably one can make inclusion be conditional, but that
rapidly gets nonsensical!
I think that the "both" case is the most useful one in terms of
"write once, run anywhere" portable code.
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