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

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Liam Quin [mailto:liam@w3.org]
> On Wed, Oct 27, 2004 at 07:19:09AM -0700, Dare Obasanjo wrote:
> [...]
> > 1.) XML's treatment of whitespace confuses developers. As Derek
> > Microsoft tried to make the behavior more intuitive which has made
> > MSXML vilified by XML pendants [...]
> If the spec is confusing, the right approach is not to implement it
> differently and incompatibly. The right approach is to help get the
> spec clarified, or to provide tools and documentation to help your
> users.

This is exactly what we did.  DOM is that tool.  You might argue that
the default is non-conformant, but that is remedied with a single line
of code.

> > 2.) The limitation in the range of allowed characters in XML is a
> > hassle which the Microsoft XML team sees customers complain about on
> > weekly basis.
> W3C heard that too.
> XML 1.1 increases the range, and Microsoft was well represented in
> the XML Core Working Group that produced it.  From what you are
> saying I'd expect rapid deployment of XML 1.1 from Microsoft, yes?

Ideally, as rapid as a behemoth the side of Microsoft can deploy it.
When you ship many different products, which all import and/or export
XML, it is important to release support in such a way that it doesn't
encourage incompatibility.  Integration of new standard within a network
of legacy support is just hard.

Personally, if I could ignore existing customers, I'd push XML 1.1 and
Relax-NG everywhere, and replace XML-DOM.  Realistically, I am neither
able to ignore existing customers, nor am I in a position to make such a



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