Re: Gag me with a blunt …
I wrote the submission only after trying other options. We had difficulty processing XML documents. Parsers told us that documents were either invalid or not well-formed, depending on where the … [NEL] gagme character appeared. We lost time. What is wrong with these XML documents? What is this invisible character? We tried to solve the problem. For example ... 1. We asked OS390 to stop using gagme Answer: No - There is a lot of software from various sources that supports or generates gagmes 2. We asked that XML parsers convert gagme to [LF]. Answer: No - Parsers must use standard converters 3. We asked that parsers treat OS390 gagme as [LF] (analogous to Apple Macintosh [CR] ) Answer: No - Parsers must comply with the XML specification 4. We cleaned up documents (removed gagmes) just before presenting documents to parsers Answer: No - We were encouraging the generation of noncompliant XML documents. The documents still contained the gagmes. So I was like totally freaked out with the whole gagme situation. There did not appear to be any more options - hence the submission. BTW for those who, like me, did not appreciate the "gag me with a .." reference at first - please see the Valley Girl lyrics, e.g., at http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/lyrics/Strictly_Commercial.html#Valley :-)) Susan Malaika, IBM
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