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Re: What is an XML document?
- From: John Cowan <email@example.com>
- To: Michael Beddow <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 12:03:57 -0500
Michael Beddow wrote:
> er, where's the other voice in this rather interesting dialogue?
> I'm getting only John, not Danny.
Sorry, my error. I mistakenly added xml-dev to a posting
to a different mailing list.
But a precis of the debate is that Dan thinks "XML document" to be
a purely abstract notion defined by a formal rule. Whereas I think
it just means "document which is in well-formed XML", where
"document" is a concrete notion referring to something that has
This has practical consequences, because I say an XML document doesn't
exist unless every external entity referred to from the document
entity exists. Dan says that "exist" is not a useful notion for
XML documents, any more than it is for integers.
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