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   Re: Why the Infoset?

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  • From: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
  • To: Sean McGrath <sean@digitome.com>, "xml-dev@xml.org" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 12:27:34 -0400

Sean McGrath wrote:

> 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.

...in an open environment, where you might get XML from outside
sources.  In my case, the XML was both produced and consumed by
programs I controlled completely: I could just as well have used
a private format. By using XML instead, I am free to send copies
to outsiders so that they may consume it.  Such outsiders had better
use parsers, as I may change the non-Infoset details of my XML if
I feel like it.


Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
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