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   Re: [xml-dev] XSLT 2.0 / XPath 2.0 - Assumptions

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On Mon, 2002-05-13 at 14:37, Jonathan Robie wrote:
> That's fine as long as all the programs that touch the data know how it was 
> originally intended to be used and treat it correctly. Instead of using a 
> data type, you can now look at your DTD or Schema to see if someone left a 
> comment to tell you whether a date is in MMDDYYYY format or DDMMYYYY 
> format, and then look at all the programs that touch that data to make sure 
> that they interpreted the bytes correctly.

Or you can use tools like Regular Fragmentations to break the lexical
parts down into markup-identifiable and unambiguous day/month/year
elements.  As you said before, "it's in the programming model, but not
in the data that is manipulated."

I don't understand why supporters of strong types seem to feel that
their straitjacket is this year's needed fashion accessory for XML.

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


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