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Walter, as much as I respect you, this is like
saying all rifles should be handmade: in other
words, no interchangeable parts. The days of
SGML-pre-ESIS were a nightmare because of that.
Sure, it is an agreed upon convention, but it
makes rifles cheaper and easier to repair
in the field if one can interchange parts.
I reasonably expect that of XML parsers unless
we get different subsets, then we may be
back to the squashed pingpong balls in the
name of better mousetrap days. That's ugly.
Surely you aren't against some common
From: W. E. Perry [mailto:email@example.com]
... parsers are processors like any other and
like all processors give a form to their output which reflects a particular
understanding of it.