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Re: Some random ideas around (broken) XML

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 06:17:14 +0100
Message-ID: <4B03835A.6080203@gmx.de>
To: Karl Dubost <karl+w3c@la-grange.net>
CC: www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>
Karl Dubost wrote:
> ...
> # PRODUCING BROKEN XML
> 
> The fact is that many atom feeds are broken for many reasons.
> 
> * edited by hand
> * created by templating tools which are not XML producers
> * mixing content from different sources (html, db, xml) with different 
> encodings
> 
> It means when designing an atom feed consumer, implementers are forced 
> to recover the broken content to be able to make it usable by the crowd 
> (social impact). Second part of the postel laws "Be liberal in what you 
> accept".
> ...

Are you *really* sure about that? My understanding is that there are 
popular Atom consumers that require proper XML (except for the RFC3023 
issue), and that falling back to handle broken XML is actually not 
needed (opposed to RSS).

BR, Julian
Received on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 05:22:21 UTC

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