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   RE: [xml-dev] Principles of XML design

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>  > The XML 1.0 well-formedness definition specifically states that
>  > attributes are unordered, but says nothing about elements.
>  > This means that technically speaking, a conforming XML parser
>  > might decide to report the child elements of memo in Listing 1
>  > in any order.
> Good grief!

It's worse than that, a conforming XML parser might decide only to report
half the elements, and to rename them all as foobar.

The reporting requirements in the XML spec are notoriously incomplete.
Fortunately most writers of XML parsers want their products to be not only
conformant, but useful.

Michael Kay


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