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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alaric B. Snell [mailto:alaric@alaric-snell.com]
> Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2003 4:23 AM
> To: Rick Jelliffe; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] On the promotion and demotion of information
> (was Re: [xml-dev] RE: Take 2 - How do you replace comments from XML?)
> What happens to this .Net config file if you strip out the comments?
> Presumably something breaks, unless the file isn't really a config
> but
> is just a representation of information stored in some other format
> elsewhere
> so the information isn't truly lost?

BZZZZT! Wrong.  Nothing breaks.  Have you ever seen a .NET
machine.config file?  The comments in the machine.config file are
exactly that, comments.  They really are simply the documentation of the
meaning of the values in the config file.  The comments are information
of great use to a human being looking at the file and meaningless to
machine processing. The items in the original poster's config file
(including those particular comments) aren't even part of the default
machine.config file.

What is it about this list that so often entices people to make
ridiculous pronouncements concerning matters about which they know
absolutely nothing?


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