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- Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Internal entities removed from XML?
- From: "Doug Ransom" <Doug.Ransom@pwrm.com>
- Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 16:33:11 -0800
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- Thread-topic: [xml-dev] Internal entities removed from XML?
> From: Uche Ogbuji [mailto:email@example.com]
> So what is the merest point of standards, if any party can
> just ignore a
> standard as it pleases?
This is really interesting -- you can write standard-compliant code with .net if you really go out of your way, so MS hasn't really busted any standards -- they just make it probably most of their clients will not support the XML 1.0 standard. As a developer, like to write code which is simple "Load the document" and have it load any xml doc, not just specific ones.
So, its the application developers fault when their program doesn't load a valid XML document because the APIs lead them astray, just like its a C/C++ programmers fault when their program crashes due to dereferencing memory incorrectly. You cant blame Kernigan & Ritchie every time a program written in C crashes?
I think the best thing is to change the XML spec to match the default .net behavior -- add a version number to XML if we need to. It will be easier in the long run.
> Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc.
> http://uche.ogbuji.net http://4Suite.org http://fourthought.com
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