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   Re: [xml-dev] version numbers and infosets

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In article <000a01c23240$39958070$6401a8c0@pcukmka> you write:

>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.

The unamended spec allows parsers to reject 1.O.  You might get a new
release of your parser that does that anyway.

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

If my bank plugs in new XML parsers without testing them, I'm moving my
money back into the shoebox under my bed.

But as I said, I've been persuaded that we shouldn't require 1.0
parsers to reject documents labelled other than 1.0.  What I would
really appreciate is some feedback on the possibility of changing the
terminology so that such documents are "not 1.0 well-formed, but
acceptable by 1.0 parsers" rather than "1.0 well-formed, but
rejectable by 1.0 parsers".

-- Richard

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