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

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  • Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Strategies for a lowly XML document
  • From: Gavin Thomas Nicol <gtn@rbii.com>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 16:03:07 -0500
  • Organization: Red Bridge Interactive, Inc.

On Wednesday 23 January 2002 03:43 pm, Jim Theriot wrote:
> That approach is opposite to the typical desktop, where there is
> some machine-understandable metadata associated with the file (file
> name extension or resource fork or ...), such that when the user
> selects a file, the system is enabled to detect what class of file
> it is, and thereby which process can read it.

That's exactly the point though. Chances are that I am not going to 
get an XML document entirely devoid of context/metadata, be it in the 
form of HTTP or a XAR archive. As I said, sniffing at the document is 
the wrong place to start establishing how to process it.... the "lowly 
XML document" as such doesn't/should not exist.

FWIW. I typically do not open files whose identity/source I don't 
know.... too dangerous. Someone could be processing the document in a 
manner entirely unexpected by me.... like spreading a virus... or 
downloading a 1pixel blank image from a web server to track my reading 


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