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   Re: [xml-dev] Attribute Order

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At 11:17 AM -0500 12/8/01, Simon St.Laurent wrote:

>It's funny to me how the Infoset view of XML documents completely blows
>off any notion of "smallest possible change".  In my own development,
>I'm moving toward an interface which will support the Infoset
>expectation of unordered, but still preserve the original order.

This isn't an infoset issue though. It's part of XML 1.0. Remember, 
XML 1.0 does not just define the syntax for a class of items known as 
XML documents. It also "describes the required behavior of an XML 
processor in terms of how it must read XML data and the information 
it must provide to the application." Attribute order is not one of 
the things a processor is required to provide, and indeed it is one 
we know many processors in fact do not provide. Relying on it is 
dangerous and should be discouraged.

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