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   RE: Dangers of Subsetting? (was RE: Pull-based XML parsers?)

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  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>
  • To: Michael Brennan <Michael_Brennan@Allegis.com>,"'Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com'" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 08:58:55 -0600

Title: RE: Dangers of Subsetting? (was RE: Pull-based XML parsers?)
Do you have any problems with pulling an object out of an
object library and examining its methods and properties
to determine how of if you will use it in code?  A standard
profile should work something like that.   The problem is
when someone develops a specification from fuzzy requirements
then calls the result of that work "a standard" withut regard
to creating tests to prove an implementation meets the
requirements.   If I create an object in a library and its
capabilities are "fuzzy", just how reliable is it?



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-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Brennan [mailto:Michael_Brennan@Allegis.com]
Sent: Friday, November 10, 2000 7:19 PM
To: 'Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com'
Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: RE: Dangers of Subsetting? (was RE: Pull-based XML parsers?)

There are a lot of people with many different opinions about what features are useful in XML and what are not. These opinions are all valid, but anyone who values interoperability must be willing to make compromises in this regard. If "profiling" means that every time I obtain an XML parser, I need to peruse through a shopping list of features to see which ones this parser supports, than the value of the standard has been greatly undermined. What is the motivation of wanting such profiling? Is it to make it easier to implement parsers? Think about how many times developers obtain and use a parser versus how many times developers implement a parser. Does it really make sense to greatly complicate matters for those trying to obtain and use a parser in order to simplify matters for that much smaller number of developers who are going to implement parsers?


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