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At 1:33 PM -0500 2/25/03, John Cowan wrote:

>Distinguo.  The Infoset can't "create" anything; rather, infosets are created
>from documents.  There is no notion of creating or modifying anything in the
>infoset.  It is not a data model in the sense of DOM/JDOM/XOM, despite the
>superficial similarity:  it is a minimally abstract representation of
>UnicodeWithAngleBrackets syntax, where only silly distinctions are thrown away

I'm using "create" a little loosely here, for which I apologize; but 
I think you know what I'm taking about. The Infoset blesses the 
notion of synthetic infosets which, however, they are created, are 
not created from an XML document and cannot be serialized to a 
namespace well-formed XML document. That is, the mapping form XML 
documents to infosets is not onto in either direction. There exist 
XML documents which do not have an infoset and infosets which do not 
have a corresponding XML document.

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