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> > It's not explicitly stated in the XML 1.0 first edition
> spec, but it
> > is most definitely part of XML 1.0 first edition, and always was,
> > because this is a characteristic XML inherits from SGML.
> Someone (Tim Bray?) explained this once as a simple
> oversight; the notion
> that attributes have no defined order was so deeply embedded
> in SGML culture
> that nobody noticed it wasn't explicitly stated in XML.
But in general XML tells you what the processor MUST report to the
application, it doesn't say what it isn't required to report. So the real
omission is that it doesn't bother to mention that element order IS
significant and must be reported.