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Re: [xml-dev] Defining an XML vocabulary: specify syntax, semanti cs, and BEHAVIOR?

yes, but I was talking about a default handler for a particular
application, the default handler for XML in a message passing
application for XML that it doesn't understand but is still well
formed might be to put it in a central store of unrouted messages for
later retrieval, or the default handler for a presentation application
might be to apply generic presentational rules to unknown markup, for
example determining by structure that the unknown markup is most
likely meant to be represented as a List, Table, a document format, is
a database dump of some sort etc. etc.  Generic rules about XML above
the parsing rules can be determined, dependent on your application

Bryan Rasmussen

On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 3:26 AM, Len <cbullard@hiwaay.net> wrote:
> The rules of the XML processor are parsing rules.
>  The rules of the language encoded in XML aren't.
>  It's only oxymoronic if the language only conveys the rules of XML.
>  That isn't all that useful. ;-)
>  len
>  From: bryan rasmussen [mailto:rasmussen.bryan@gmail.com]
> If I have an application that takes all XML in, I look for first a
>  specific format handler or then fall back to the default handler for
>  unrecognized XML in my application. The default handler is the XML
>  format handler and the format is XML.
>  If I have an application that handles two formats and each of them has
>  a handler then if I get a format X that I don't recognize and I dump
>  it, then the format isn't handled and the format isn't from the
>  viewpoint of my application a format.
>  If I think of format handler in these ways then obviously there can't
>  be a format without a format handler. I'm not sure if that was what
>  Len meant though because it renders the statement somewhat oxymoronic.

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