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   Re: Options in XML 1.0

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  • From: Jonathan Borden <jborden@mediaone.net>
  • To: Sean McGrath <sean@digitome.com>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 13:24:48 -0500

Sean McGrath wrote:

> At 12:56 PM 11/10/00 -0500, Jonathan Borden wrote:
> > >What is important is that we all agree on what XML 1.0 is, and given
> > >precise specification I think there is precious little room for
> > >regarding this.
> SGML was precisely specified. XML is precisely specifed.
> Here is a precise statement:
>          "XML parsers may or may not whistle Dixie".
> A precise statement of an optional behaviour in a data
> notation specification is an ambiguity at the
> data interoperability level.

    Ok, fine. You've identified a problem (I agree that this is a problem)
Simon says that the solution is to eliminate DTDs (or at least something to
that effect). I say that such a solution does not "fix" XML 1.0 so much as
redefine XML into something else than XML. XML is XML warts and all.

Jonathan Borden
The Open Healthcare Group


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