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Re: Postel's law, exceptions


Re:  Postel's law

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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