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- From: John Cowan <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Fri, 11 Feb 100 07:45:58 -0500 (EST)
Sean McGrath scripsit:
> [John Cowan]
> >I happened to know that the element always appeared on a single
> >line of the file: the start tag, the character data, the end tag.
> How could you possibly know that?
Because the documents were 100% generated by a single
program whose behavior was entirely predictable.
I should have mentioned this in my original post.
> Later on in your post you say that this processing
> mode is "(sufficiently) reliable". Sorry, no use
> to me. I do medical systems. I do e-commerce systems.
> "Nearly right" equates to plain wrong in these
"Sufficient" means "sufficient to the circumstances."
In this case, 100% is both necessary and possible.
> John, you are one of this lists gurus on XML. I am
> missing something here right?
It's sort of the same point I've been making with
RDF: the fact that RDF has lots of flexibilities doesn't
mean that *your* metadata specification has to exploit
them. It can be far less general, but if you
design it to be RDF-compliant, then general purpose
RDF tools will also be able to handle it.
Similarly, just because XML 1.0 is a highly flexible
format doesn't mean that all that flexibility *must*
be allowed for. When you know what you are getting,
you can use faster, less flexible processing models.
John Cowan email@example.com
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