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   RE: [xml-dev] Attribute Order

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(Sorry, but I'm not seeing them. Added some minor edits.)

-----Original Message----- 
From: Sean McGrath 
> The trick is knowing where to draw the line. 
> Try and implement everything in declarative grammers is impossible. 

In this particular case, I'm thinking that NOTHING can be specified in a
declarative grammar for this data model. I have to look again at RELAX NG,
though, as it might handle the case where ordered elements are interrupted
by unordered insertions of other elements (some unspecified). I'm thinking

> There is a sweet spot, its 
> application and case by case specific. You develop a nose for it but 
> it takes a long time. 

I understand that. What worries me is not having any widely-used XML
processor or architecture available to handle this particular XML.

> Pragmatists err on the side of little gray boxes because the boxes 
> are "little" (do something small and do it well), "gray" (plug 
> replaceable 
> with something else, commodity) and "boxes" (plural - use numerous 
> little boxes to make an intractable problem tractable via 
> divide and conquer). 

Actually, I mispoke (paraphrasing Hercule Poirot, I suppose): this is a BIG
gray box. Does all validation, except perhaps well-formedness checking.

> <Plug> 
> I'll be talking about this and other aspects of the industrialisation 
> of XML processing at XML 2001 next week 
> http://www.xmlconference.org/xmlusa/2001/thursday.htm#7 
> </Plug> 

Wish I could be there... 



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