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At 11:16 PM +0200 6/6/04, Ari Nordström wrote:

>What kind of system are you talking about? And where? 'cause I haven't seen
>many of the kind you're talking about either. In most systems I've seen in
>production, if you ignore the schema whenever you feel like it (provided that
>you can do it in the authoring environment, that is), you're going to mess up
>something, and a manual fix will be required.

You're worrying about issues that are rare in 
practice, which was precisely my point. New 
formats are rare enough that they can be handled 
by manual intervention. And generally a new 
format does indicate something important that 
should be looked at by a person.

However, the vast majority of messages are not 
new formats. They're the same old formats you've 
seen before, and they can be recognized and 
processed automatically.

If manual intervention were required for every 
message, this approach wouldn't scale or work. In 
practice, manual intervention isn't required all 
that often after the system is initially 
developed and deployed.


   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Effective XML (Addison-Wesley, 2003)


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