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   Re: Why the Infoset?

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  • From: Sean McGrath <sean@digitome.com>
  • To: Rick JELLIFFE <ricko@geotempo.com>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 14:09:00 +0100

[Rick Jelliffe]
>That there can be several different lexical forms in XML for the same
>information item
>allows one to use text-based tools such as UNIX tools.   (The one I
>recommend is 
>always to keep markup and data for titles and searchable strings on a
>single line, so that greps will work.)  

But the fact that the "same item" can have so many different lexical
forms means that getting the right answer every time necessitates
parsing the XML.

>The infoset lets people know what information will be in the parsed XML,
>regardless of 
>which lexical form was used. 

All forms of accurate XML data processing - even the dumbest
lexical processing - involve parsing of some form. The idea
	non-parsed <--> parsed
are two ends of an extreme with clear blue water in
between does not seem right to me.


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