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   RE: Parser Behaviour (serious)

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  • From: Bob Kline <bkline@rksystems.com>
  • To: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 09:52:35 -0400 (EDT)

On Wed, 5 Apr 2000, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:

> At 10:33 AM 4/3/00 -0400, Bob Kline wrote:
> >On Mon, 3 Apr 2000, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
> >
> >> [Eloquent plea for a definition of conformance ...]
> >
> >Peter:
> >
> >I'm afraid you'll find that an appreciation for the value of defining
> >conformance is not universally shared by the drivers of the XML bus. 
> Ah, but XML-DEV does not suffer from bus-drivers. It is like a swarm
> of communal animals which takes many directions according to many
> driving forces. So I am confidently optimistic that something may
> come from this.

Very likely so, but it won't be a clearly defined standard (with
unambiguous criteria which can be used to identify conforming
implementations).  Standards-creating bodies sometimes operate
successfully despite seemingly chaotic forces, but not because of them.

Bob Kline

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