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   RE: [xml-dev] Microsoft XML Diff and Patch 1.0 available

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  • To: "Aaron Skonnard" <aarons@develop.com>,<xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Microsoft XML Diff and Patch 1.0 available
  • From: "Dare Obasanjo" <dareo@microsoft.com>
  • Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 10:47:44 -0700
  • Thread-index: AcJUGg3a0E7ak/7sSf6ydeTK49KtiAAHleug
  • Thread-topic: [xml-dev] Microsoft XML Diff and Patch 1.0 available

I just talked to the dev responsible for the tool and confirmed that
this is indeed a typo in the overview documentation on the web page. The
documentation will be corrected shortly. 

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-----Original Message-----
From: Aaron Skonnard [mailto:aarons@develop.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 04, 2002 6:48 AM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org

Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:

> At 4:19 PM -0700 8/30/02, Dare Obasanjo wrote:
> >Microsoft XML Diff and Patch 1.0 is now released.
> According to the documentation this tool  "does differentiate between 
> an empty element <a/> and element with no content <a></a>"
> This is clearly wrong. <a/> vs. <a></a> is just syntax sugar. 
> There is no significant difference between them, and tools should not 
> pretend there is. An empty element is an element with no content and 
> vice versa.
> This is a common misconception among developers and Microsoft should 
> not be encouraging it.

This seems to just be a typo. It should read "does not
differentitate...". I just tested it.

Aaron Skonnard, DevelopMentor (http://skonnard.com) Essential XML Quick
Reference now available online!

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