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   Re: [xml-dev] Strategies for a lowly XML document

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On Wed, 2002-01-23 at 14:13, Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:
> I find it exceedingly unlikely that a document whose identity and 
> intent is entirely unknown to me would land on my desktop. Even if it 
> did, I'd be very unlikely to do much with it other than to send it to 
> the 'ol bitbucket.
> Point being that 9 times out of 10, you have *some* idea of what the 
> document is, and some notion of processing, and that should be the 
> starting point, not sniffing at the document.

I suspect that's the best breif summary of conventional XML processing
I've seen.

However, I must say that I hope at least keep the door open to that
additional 1 in 10, and look seriously at the notion that we might well
teach our local systems new formats incrementally.  It seems like a good
supplement to hard-wiring committee-built specs into everything.

Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!


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