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RE: [xml-dev] The year is 2027, and we need to examine archived XML documents from 2007 ...

> I.e., whatever it is we call a "computer" in 2027 will probably run 
> libxml2 and Jing just fine.  -T

Probably not "out-of-the-box", I suspect, unless they have been continually
maintained in the interim. For example, Java in the last year or two has
made incompatible changes such as introducing the "enum" keyword, changing
the output format of BigDecimal.toString(), and adding methods to the DOM
interfaces, all of which have required changes to Saxon. When you accumulate
such changes over 20 years they become quite significant, especially as it
becomes difficult to identify when the change was made and to locate
documentation. You could try to go back to an earlier version of Java if you
can find it, but that might only work with an old version of the operating
system, which might not have a device driver for whatever it is you now use
for input and output...

Michael Kay

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