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On Monday 24 February 2003 06:16 pm, Dare Obasanjo wrote:
> > I suspect that the infoset is of little interest to ordinary
> > programmers doing ordinary work, who will work either at the
> > level of the syntax or of some particular API. -Tim
> Agreed. However API designers especially those that would like to enable
> the implementation of virtual XML documents and XML views are better
> served by basing their work on the infoset than on the XML 1.0 syntax.
That is only true of applications that manipulate XML, rather than use XML as
an encoding for their data. In fact, it's only partly true, because some
significant portion of XML applications need to deal with the *syntax*
directly. Two good examples spring to mind:
1) Editors, that necessarily must preserve information not necessarily
available in the infoset, and who may often not even be dealing with XML
documents as such.
2) XML *document* databases, where preserving the *exact* syntax is, in fact,
a significant requirement.