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   RE: [xml-dev] On the promotion and demotion of information items (was Re

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> 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.

Ok, so changing the comments doesn't break the system, 10/10, VG for MS. But
the fact that Domenica wants to use this information in machine processing
suggests the information doesn't have to be "meaningless to machine
processing", only when it's been marked up this way. I admit I haven't seen
a machine.config file, but I'd hazard a guess there isn't a clear
demarcation system that encourages good practice.

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

Joie de vivre?



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