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   Re: [xml-dev] re: The J2ME pseudo-XML botch

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Mike Champion wrote:

> It seems to me that Sean raises a more profound issue. If XML has 
> brought real interoperability benefits despite widespread 
> non-conformance to the spec (whether we call the non-conformance "bugs" 
> or "features"), then the argument that the benefits are threatened by 
> non-conformant implementations seems highly suspect.  

Not neccessarily. I take Tim's point about designing these things in 
(bugs, optimizations, features, depending on your perspective). It 
makes sense to look at this in terms of cost/benefit. I doubt that 
calling something that knowingly doesn't process XML an XML 
processor (and never can, by design) is the right side of the curve, 
arguments based around a sorites notwithstanding.

Better add test compatability toolkits to that feature negotiation 
idea. Anyone know if the next version of XML will comes test cases?

Bill de hÓra


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