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   Usefulness of well-formedness was RE: [xml-dev] SML (was Elliotte Rusty

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com]
> Sent: Monday, 3 February 2003 3:20 AM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: [xml-dev] SML (was Elliotte Rusty Harold on Web Services)


> Rick Jelliffe had an interesting post to www-tag on this recently:
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2003Jan/0194.html


Quoting from the above link;

"Well-formed should be a category of minority interest to 
editor-application developers, not something for public usage."

On the face of it, this appears to be a very sweeping statement. 

Granted, well-formedness covers a range of things from the basic
to the (for some) esoteric, but I would have thought things like
the redundancy inherent in XML's tag structure is of use to more 
applications that simply editors. 

What is the argument behind this statement?



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