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

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Elliotte Rusty Harold scripsit:

> You never know at compile time what documents you or may not 
> encounter. 

This is only true if you are prepared to accept documents from arbitrary
sources.  Plenty of applications aren'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.

Absolutely.  But there are times and places where non-conformant parsers,
or even no parsers at all, are the Right Thing.  I generate my own XML
documents, and when I process them, I process them with fgrep: it's fast
and it works, because I have 100% knowledge of what the documents look
like -- I generated them, after all.

John Cowan  jcowan@reutershealth.com  www.ccil.org/~cowan  www.reutershealth.com
"If I have seen farther than others, it is because I am surrounded by dwarves."
        --Murray Gell-Mann


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