Re: Feeler for SML (Simple Markup Language)
"Hunter, David" <dhunter@M...> writes: > Perhaps from the point of view of a parser writer, this might be a > good thing. If you knew you were never going to need these > constructs, you could build a smaller, faster parser. Not much smaller, I'm afraid -- for an event-based parser, support for PIs and attributes adds almost no overhead (I remember experimenting with putting them in and leaving them out when I was writing AElfred). AElfred, by the way, was under 15K in a compressed JAR file when I was maintaining it, though it wasn't strictly conformant (it didn't report all required errors) -- I still believe that someone could write a Java-based XML parser in under 10K (compressed) if they had the time and inclination and made more use of the standard Java libraries. > From the point of view of applications that use XML, however, SML > would not provide much gain, except perhaps the slight speed > advantage of using one of these stripped down, souped up parsers; as > Leigh Dodds pointed out, you could just use XML without the features > you don't need. Agreed. If we were still designing XML, I would be in favour of at least a good part of Don's list, but now that the deed is done and we've obviously won (the only debates now are what XML-based languages to use), we should learn to live with the XML syntax that we have and concentrate on the higher-level stuff. All the best, David -- David Megginson david@m... http://www.megginson.com/ xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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