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   Re: [xml-dev] InnerXml is like printf (WAS: Underwhelmed)

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At 8:22 AM -0700 9/22/02, Tim Bray wrote:

>I usually encounter breakage in a completely different area, which 
>low-level character handling.
>These things are about 8 times as much work as synthesizing the tree 
>in the applications I write.  Nothing glamorous about 'em -Tim

FYI, XOM handles all of this. Anything that needs to be escaped is 
escaped automatically when the document is serialized. (There were 
some bugs in the first implementation, but they are now fixed.) 
Anything that cannot be serialized even with escaping, e.g. a null, 
throws an exception as soon as you try to sneak it into the document.

How much does this help your use-cases? The one thing XOM is not 
doing is any sort of auto-cleanup of completely unserializable data. 
I don't think that belongs in core--for one thing there are too many 
different ways to do it to pick a single right solution--but it could 
be implemented through custom subclasses of Text and Attribute. Would 
that be useful?

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