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Re: Syntax Issues

From: Juergen Reuter <reuterj@ira.uka.de>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 16:32:38 +0100
To: Greg Stein <gstein@lyra.org>
cc: WebDAV WG <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>, reuterj@ira.uka.de, jjh@ira.uka.de
Message-ID: <"iraun1.ira.043:"@ira.uka.de>
> Wow. I didn't realize that IE5 and Office 2000 were not "real-life
> applications." After all, they don't check against a DTD.
> <SarcasmOff/>

I am rather using Netscape for surfing and emacs/LaTeX for word
processing; hence I do not know much about the products that you
mentioned, and therefore I do not feel authorized to classify
them as being anything. ;-)

> I've been able to implement a DAV server without the "benefit" of a DTD.
> Works great. Many other people have done servers, too. There aren't so
> many clients, but they all work very well. All without the benefit of a
> DTD.

How do you know?  I suppose, you did not proof their correctness...
Actually, I found the invalid xml element declaration, which I
reported in my preceding mail, by using a validating parser to parse
WebDAV's DTD.  Though I notice, that validation can not guarantee
correctness, I think that a validiating parser, if sensibly applied,
can reduce the risk of introducing implementation (and possibly
specification) bugs.

Received on Wednesday, 24 November 1999 10:32:57 UTC

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