Re: Frontline report from the Desperate Fgrep Hacker
[John Cowan] >I happened to know that the element always appeared on a single >line of the file: the start tag, the character data, the end tag. How could you possibly know that? How could you know that there were no comments that contained matchable lines. How could you know that there were no entity references which, when resolved, would yield matchable lines? It is precisely because you cannot know this with XML 1.0 that I suggested XFM before christmas and why I have been chipping in to the work on SML-DEV. Bottom line: simple grepping of XML 1.0 can get you burnt because of all the things that can occur in cosher XML 1.0 documents that a straight lexical analysis will misconstrue unless prefixed by an XML parser. Later on in your post you say that this processing mode is "(sufficiently) reliable". Sorry, no use to me. I do medical systems. I do e-commerce systems. "Nearly right" equates to plain wrong in these environments. John, you are one of this lists gurus on XML. I am missing something here right? Sean,
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