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   Re: [xml-dev] Revised Internet-Draft: Media Feature - xmlns

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On Thu, 2002-01-24 at 22:56, Paul Prescod wrote:
> How can you process XML from anywhere other than the beginning? Not only
> would you have missed entity references and potential namespace
> declarations, you wouldn't know whether you were in the middle of a
> CDATA section.

It's plausible - though not especially bright - in SAX processing. 
Using the NamespaceSupport class can avoid most of the namespace mayhem,
but not everyone knows to do that or does so.

Grabbing nodes out of the middle of a DOM tree could have similar
consequences, but at least the tree is there for inspection.

I can imagine scenarios where an application would grab text out of the
middle of an XML document based on some indexing scheme, but I'd hope it
was unlikely.

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


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