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Re: [xml-dev] XML For The Average Monkey

On Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:48:33 -0600, Brian Aberle <xmlboss@live.com>

| In December of 1998 the largest HMO committed to using XML for all data 
| transport in the implementation of a database that is shared between 
| hospitals. 

Interesting.  Was this discussed on the (old?) HL7-SGML mailing list?
(There used to an archive at www.mcis.duke.edu, but that has gone 404
for a while now, and the new www.hl7.org site is a labyrinth.)

| The only parser I can remember from back then was Xpat. 

You probably mean James Clark's expat.  Good choice.


| It was the fastest tokenizer in the performance tests we ran.  We 
| wanted to make so many enhancements [...]

Out of curiosity, such as?

| In 2 weeks we had a home grown functioning tokenizer in a layer that 
| we could easily swap out with Xpat. It just got better over time [...]

Have you tried benchmarking against other alternatives?

| Just a little historic note about how all this came to be. 

A new parsing technique would be interesting.  Format tweaks in XML
aren't.  Really.

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