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Re: XML namespaces on the Web

From: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 13:55:11 -0500
To: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
Cc: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, Liam Quin <liam@w3.org>, public-html@w3.org, public-xml-core-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20091118185511.GW15814@mercury.ccil.org>
Shelley Powers scripsit:

> I can understand the concept of fatal error, but draconian means
> "extremely harsh and severe". I don't see that one needs to be
> punitive when reporting an error, especially when parsing XHTML in a
> browser.

Relative to the behavior of HTML parsers, XML parsers are indeed draconian.

> Perhaps rather than redefine XML, make it looser, we need to educate
> browser developers about being aware of the user environment in which
> they operate, and respond to errors accordingly.


Let's face it: software is crap. Feature-laden and bloated, written under
tremendous time-pressure, often by incapable coders, using dangerous
languages and inadequate tools, trying to connect to heaps of broken or
obsolete protocols, implemented equally insufficiently, running on
unpredictable hardware -- we are all more than used to brokenness.
                   --Felix Winkelmann
Received on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 18:55:53 UTC

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