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   Re: [xml-dev] Attribute Order (Was: Create XML )

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At 5:21 PM -0400 6/22/03, Amelia A. Lewis wrote:

>Simplify canonicalization.  This leads to a sheaf of possible use cases.

Canonicalization would indeed be simpler. However, I don't think this 
would let users do anything they can't do now. And it's not like that 
many people are really going to implement canonicalization anyway. 
Most of us are just going to use libraries to do it for us. After 
all, even if we could implement canonicalization ourselves (I have in 
XOM) the main uses for this are XML encryption and digital 
signatures, both of which really need to be written by experts. 
There's just not a lot to be gained by making canonicalization a 
little more easily implementable.

   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Processing XML with Java (Addison-Wesley, 2002)


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