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   Re: [xml-dev] XML 1.1 and other specs

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Elliotte Rusty Harold scripsit:

> Thanks. I think you've finally succeeded in convincing me of what 
> Simon and Walter have been claiming for the last several years, that 
> the Infoset is not only useless but actively harmful. It should be 
> deprecated, and future specs such as XQuery/XPath 2.0 should base 
> themselves on XML 1.0 plus namespaces and actively ignore the infoset.

If the Infoset were an API, I would absolutely agree with you.  The DOM
*is* an API, and has the same lack of rules, which is one reason why it's a poor
API, as we both know.  But the Infoset is only an abstract data model,
and it doesn't need to enforce well-formedness rules.  It's just a way
of talking about what it is that concrete APIs and other processes
have or make available.

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