Re: Principles of XML design
Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote: > If you define what a conformant XML processor *is*, I might agree with > you. If I have a processor that understand the grammar of well-formed > XML, but emits a boolean value (parsed or not), is that a conformant > processor? That's a very good question. In practice, I find it more useful to talk about a conformant SAX processor, DOM processor, etc. I'd like to talk about a conformant XPath engine or XSLT processor as well but those working groups decided to shoot themselves in the feet when it came to conformance testing. I do wonder if the attribute order issue suggests a possible way out of the conundrum though. Attribute order in XML is not significant, period. This was required not by the original first edition XML spec but by the SGML spec which XML 1.0, first edition, incorporates by reference. Does this same SGML spec place any other requirements on SGML and by extension XML processors? In particular does it mandate anything that an SGML processor is expected to return to client applications? Do any of the SGML gurus on the list happen to know that? -- Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo@m... XML in a Nutshell 3rd Edition Just Published! http://www.cafeconleche.org/books/xian3/ http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=0596007647/cafeaulaitA/ref=nosim
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