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   RE: [xml-dev] Partyin' like it's 1999

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I think Derek is right, but again, I'm interested in 
the strength of the consensus of the developers 
regardless of what they build.  It is much easier 
to identify an XML tool builder than an XML user, 
and I do think the strong complaints are from the 

For documentation, Derek cites (in his order 
significant or not):

1. Allowed characters
2. Whitespace
3. Namespaces


From: Dare Obasanjo [mailto:dareo@microsoft.com]

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Hunsberger, Peter [mailto:Peter.Hunsberger@STJUDE.ORG] 

> Since I don't have to write any tools to actually support 
> DTDs they actually sort of, almost, help me more than they 
> hinder.  Maybe Len needs to divide the question between two 
> (more?) camps: 1) XML users, 2) XML tool builders?

True. A lot of the complaints at the XML DevCon Mike Champion references
are more from XML tool builders than from XML users. For example, I
haven't really seen any users complain about DTDs especially when
compared to the number of gripes I see weekly from Derek's top 3 list at


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