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   RE: [xml-dev] If XML is too hard for a programmer, perhaps he'd b e be

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At 1:38 PM -0800 3/28/03, Jeff Lowery wrote:
>This thread sounds more like an argument for full-document validation prior
>to processing, or at the very least making sure you've done document version
>checking.  Once that happens, regexing should be fine (assuming the
>programmer understands the schema or specification the version info is based

No, validation doesn't help because it has absolutely nothing to say 
about comments, processing instructions, CDATA sections, white space 
in tags, or character entities and very little to say about entity 
references. It's just too hard to tell what is and isn't the string 
you're looking for without using a genuine parser.

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