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In article <firstname.lastname@example.org> you write:
>I think that if anything, all discussion of processing, including
>attribute order, should be removed from the spec. XML is a syntax, and
>what applications do with it is entirely up to them.
I disagree. To invent a document format in which the order of
attributes is significant and then claim that it conforms to XML would
be misleading to say the least, since it would not be interoperable with
the majority of XML tools (which don't preserve attribute order).
You can of course construct even more egregious examples, such as a
format in which data is encoded by the number of spaces between
attributes. That isn't XML.