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   Re: [xml-dev] Article: "The horror of XML"

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At 11:20 AM -0500 10/30/02, Seairth Jacobs wrote:

>But all that presuposes that the parser will be encountering these parts of
>XML.  As I mentioned, if the parser will never encounter a particular part
>of XML, then it should be okay to leave that code out.  For instance, if a
>parser handles only "standalone" documents, why should it need code to handl

Because standalone documents can contain DTDs in the internal DTD subset.

>I absolutely agree that a parser should not ignore parts of the XML
>spec that it will encounter, but that is not what I said above.

You never know at compile time what documents you or may not 
encounter. Just because the spec says a SOAP request can't contain a 
processing instruction or a document type declaration doesn't mean 
one won't.

In order to be a conformant XML parser, a parser must adhere to the 
minimum requirements of XML 1.0. It is not enough to work correctly 
for only some subset of well-formed XML 1.0 documents.

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