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Re: XML namespaces on the Web

From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 14:23:48 -0500
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Cc: Liam Quin <liam@w3.org>, public-html@w3.org, public-xml-core-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20091117192348.GD1847@mercury.ccil.org>
Boris Zbarsky scripsit:
> On 11/17/09 1:56 PM, Liam Quin wrote:
> >To amplify a little... the XML Spec says (in essence)
> >that software that takes something (anything at all)
> >that is not well-formed XML, can turn it into XML, but,
> >if it does, it must not claim that the original input
> >was XML.
> >
> >If a document is not well-formed, the XML specification
> >does not apply to it - it's not XML.
> 
> It applies to the extent that something that claims to be an XML 
> processor

Clearly, the kind of software Liam is speaking of wouldn't claim to be
an XML parser.

> must report an error to the application and abort processing, 

Technically it doesn't have to simply abort: it can return
unprocessed information to the application.  In practice, all
libraries I know of do simply abort.

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