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RE: [xml-dev] Wikipedia on XML

There are a number of drivers that cause software to become large and
overfeatured, however if you have a bloated spec you are sure to get a
bloated parser.
Xerces 2.x attempts to make their parser modular with XNI (replaces SAX) -
my understanding was they bolted on schema validation as a pipeline feature.
I think developers have an appetite for modular and pluginable - and we are
talking developer tools here.


-----Original Message-----
From: rjelliffe@allette.com.au [mailto:rjelliffe@allette.com.au] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 6:35 PM
To: 'XML Developers List'
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Wikipedia on XML

> In general what I hear on this list is lets not make XML a monolithic
> beast that requires a "whale" of a parser.

But the size of the parser is a function of the development process more
than the specification. The spec just sets a minimum bound and is no
guarantee that someone's code will be minimal. Indeed, after there are a
few parsers, the value proposition of any parser is the feature support,
such as API support and support for related standards. The market works
against minimalist implementations.

Look at Xerces: absolutely enormous, and much bigger than, say, James
Clarks SP and XP combined.

Rick Jelliffe


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