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   RE: [xml-dev] XML's Scylla and Charybdis - parse and regexp

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dareo@microsoft.com (Dare Obasanjo) writes:
>In fact, i'd go as far as to say that applications that 
>depend on full lexical round tripping (i.e. preserving all whitespace, 
>treating attribute order as significant, etc) are in violation of the 
>spirit if not the letter of the XML 1.0 recommendation. 

Given that you have divined a data model for XML that isn't actually
specified as the XML data model anywhere, I'm pretty wary of your
interpretations of the spirit of XML 1.0.

The XML 1.0 recommendation does say: "Note that the order of attribute
specifications in a start-tag or empty-element tag is not significant."
It does not say "parsers must discard the order and scramble the

>However I agree there are edge cases such as XML editors where such 
>behavior is not just desirable but required. 

There seems to have been a movement early on, especially with the DOM,
to chop out "editor-only" functionality.  I'm not sure that was such a
brilliant move in retrospect.

Simon St.Laurent
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Errors, errors, all fall down!
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