Re: Current Status of Discussion on RE/RS Handling

At 06:20 PM 9/26/96 GMT, Christopher R. Maden wrote:
>[Eliot Kimber for the ERB]
>> An XML parser shall interpret white space and record ends in XML
>         ^^^^^^
>Really?  If an XML application is implemented strictly, as an SGML
>application, then there's separation between the parser and the
>application, and this step should happen in the application.  If the
>XML application is not implemented in terms of SGML, then this still
>seems to me to be an application convention.  It's only a semantic
>point, really, but I think it makes a difference:

I'll let other members of the ERB correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe
our assumption, in fact the whole purpose of this exercise, is to enable
the creation of *XML parsers* that are much simpler than SGML parsers but
define XML in such a way that it also be processed as SGML without change
(to the instance at least, it may be necessary to create a DTD or modify
the XML DTD).

We want this to be done by an XML parser for the same reason SGML has the
record end handling rules--so applications don't have the opportunity to do
it wrong.


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