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

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On Tue, Oct 26, 2004 at 04:22:22PM -0500, Hunsberger, Peter wrote:
> > > Ok.  Any parties interested in posting their favorite five
> > > bad problems with XML in order here?  I wonder what the 
> > > consensus is on the top two.  (XML, not XML apps like 
> > > XSD.)

Man, how can I resist the "come up with your own list!" urge?

> 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?

I think this might be a useful distinction.  I think I primarily fall
into the former category.  Here's my shot at a list:

    1. Only one tree per file allowed
    2. Limitations of trees on expression[0]
    3. Remembering XML namespace *URI values*
    4. Getting character references right
    5. Lack of nesting of comments

Take care,

    John L. Clark

[0] For (a very simple introductory) example, I can't say the following:

        <p>Some content, <em>some of which is emphasized, <ins>and
        furthermore,</em> some of which has been recently

    Where the "elements" have "the same" semantics as in HTML, only I
    want to express the addition of content across an element boundary.    

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