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Re: Conformance + an apology

From: Digitome Ltd <digitome@iol.ie>
Date: Tue, 27 May 1997 15:51:40 +0100
Message-Id: <199705271451.PAA08432@GPO.iol.ie>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org

>At 08:49 AM 5/27/97 +0100, Digitome Ltd. wrote:
>>With regard to that posting can anyone confirm or deny that
>>a RAST/Grove/extended ESIS description of a parsed XML doc
>>is desrable for parser dev. / conformance testing?

[Tim Bray]
>Early on in the XML process, we explicitly decided *not* to 
>include an API in the XML spec.

Understood. I am not talking about an API in the sense of a
collection of functions/methods. I am talking about 
a standardised lexical format for XML parse trees so that two XML
parsers can dump that format from their internal parse trees in
order to check conformance.

>>NXP and Lark parse XML. Do they produce the same result? How is
>>this known?
[Tim Bray]
>We think they produce the same parse tree.
This sounds kinda informal for a formal defined standard.

>Opinion: ESIS is useless.  Full groves/properties are too difficult
>to fit into the spirit of XML.

I said "extended ESIS".

>Fact: At the moment, the correct place to have these discussions is
>over in XML-DEV.

Is it not strange that something as fundamental as the correctness
of XML parse trees is not part of the base spec?

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