Re: Feeler for SML (Simple Markup Language)
W. E. Perry wrote: > I believe that Michael Champion has it right: the behavior of an XML processor (and not just > an SML processor) must be to 'fall forward'. Particularly in e-commerce, the salient criterion > will be what the receiving processor can *do* (i.e., what processing it is capable of > performing, in the service of its own particular interests) with whatever data, or subset of > that data, it might be presented with by a particular XML document. To do no processing of > otherwise usable data because some detail of a received document fails to meet a pre-defined > criterion is to fail to do the very thing--processing--which a processor is expected to do in > support of locally-defined function at the receiving node. Okay, I strongly disagree with this. If a processor has a mechanism for saying, for example, that it does not accept PIs, and nevertheless receives a document with PIs, then there is reason to doubt that the initiating system is conforming to its contract. Trying to "guess" that the user really *did* mean to order an extra 100,000 widgets when a non-conformant request has been received seems rather dangerous to me. But I'd be interested to hear what others think. Matthew 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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