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  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>
  • To: Rob McDougall <RMcDouga@JetForm.com>, xml-dev@XML.ORG
  • Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 10:05:18 -0500

If the tool has passed the acceptance 
tests for the tool type (in accordance 
with the spec), the tool approach is 
fine.  This is why some use 
reference implementations.  Unfortunately, 
it is often very difficult to get a 
consortium to enable or create such 
implementations, their predeliction being 
to create sample implementations to 
enable development, not references 
for compliance. 

By making them rely on the spec to prove 
compliance, you are forcing them into the 
detailed legalese of the spec which may or 
may not be a reasonable demand given the 
local production schedules.  A testing 
tool is usually the best alternative which 
is why it must also have a record of 
authority.  That means that professional 
test personnel skilled at developing the 
requirements for such tools are involved. 

Len Bullard
Intergraph Public Safety

Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

From: Rob McDougall [mailto:RMcDouga@JetForm.com]

Mightn't your better course of action be to point out the place in the XML
or Unicode spec where they are non-compliant.  This is more definitive than
relying on one tool or another.

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