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RE: What is the rule for parsing XML in a namespace inside HTM

  • To: "Dare Obasanjo" <dareo@m...>,"Elliotte Rusty Harold" <elharo@m...>
  • Subject: RE: What is the rule for parsing XML in a namespace inside HTML?
  • From: "Joshua Allen" <joshuaa@m...>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 18:56:29 -0700
  • Cc: "XML Developers List" <xml-dev@l...>
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  • Thread-topic: What is the rule for parsing XML in a namespace inside HTML?

parsing xml rss
> > XHTML vastly simplifies machine processing for all sorts of
> > purposes.
> Yep, this is the only concrete benefit of XHTML I've seen. It makes it
> easier for people to screen scrape your site. I find this to be a very
> dubious benefit at best.

Yeah, it's shows the narcissism of most developers.  "Please rewrite
your page in some buzzword-compliant gobbledy-gook subset of XML that is
less reliable and harder to test than what you were already doing, and
then I can theoretically write a screenscraper".

For people who really want repurposable data; we already have capability
to do XML+XSLT+CSS.  My RSS feed and OPML feed are both pure XML (no
XHTML crap) and render nicely in IE and Mozilla.  XHTML is a


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