Re: Postel's law, exceptions
On Jan 13, 2004, at 9:01 PM, Joe English wrote: > > In fact any aggregator that doesn't do something like this > is doomed to fail -- *nobody's* feed has the encoding labelled > properly. (Well, maybe not "nobody", but certainly not very many.) > That puts the syndication community debate over what some say Jon Postel said [genuflecting to Rich Salz' point] in a more sensible light for me. The question isn't whether one should use a *parser* that does not conform to the XML spec (which is obviously a huge step backwards), but whether one should quietly 'round up the usual suspects' that cause mechanical problems before sending it to a parser. Maybe a subtle difference, but it really feels very different to me to sniff for encoding errors and declare the HTML entities before parsing than to do the kind of thing that could change the meaning of the text (as in Tim Bray's example).
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