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Alessandro Triglia wrote:

> I am not asserting that all producers of XML fit the above description, but
> I like thinking that a lot of them do.   Otherwise, it would be hard to
> understand the significance of the XML infoset, the significance of SAX, the
> significance of XML Schema, etc.  The XML infoset is important, isn't it?

No, I don't think it is. Outside of the small community of spec writers 
and some implementers, it's hard to think of anybody who really cares 
about or even understands the XML infoset. Developers care about the 
data models exposed by DOM, SAX, XPath, etc. The infoset doesn't enter 
into it.

The infoset was too late out of the gate to have any real effect. If it 
had been part of the XML 1.0 spec it might have mattered. However, since 
it postdated XML, XPath, DOM, and many other specs by years, it's effect 
has been negligible. That it is neither a proper superset nor a proper 
subset of the information content of an XML 1.0 document has not helped 

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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