OASIS Mailing List ArchivesView the OASIS mailing list archive below
or browse/search using MarkMail.


Help: OASIS Mailing Lists Help | MarkMail Help



   RE: [xml-dev] version numbers and infosets

[ Lists Home | Date Index | Thread Index ]

> I must say that some of the reactions to this seem excessive. 
>  Does anyone have any real documents with a version number 
> later than 1.0? I don't think so.  No real documents are 
> broken by any change concerning versions other than 1.0.  

The problem is, no one knows. Deep inside some application running an
online banking system is a bit of code that says printf("1.O") where it
should have said printf("1.0"). You issue your erratum, a new release of
a parser is produced to conform to it, and hey presto, the online
banking system goes down and no-one knows why.

This stuff is mission-critical and not to be tampered with so lightly.

Michael Kay
Software AG
home: Michael.H.Kay@ntlworld.com
work: Michael.Kay@softwareag.com 


News | XML in Industry | Calendar | XML Registry
Marketplace | Resources | MyXML.org | Sponsors | Privacy Statement

Copyright 2001 XML.org. This site is hosted by OASIS