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XML Error Recovery Community Group

From: Jeni Tennison <jeni@jenitennison.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:18:24 +0000
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Cc: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>, liam@w3.org
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Robin and I were at XML Prague [1] over the weekend, during which there was a presentation from Anne van Kesteren on XML5 [2], followed by a panel about the relationship between HTML and XML hosted by Norm. There's video of the morning available at [3] if you want to see the gory details.

During the panel and other discussions over the weekend, it became clear that there were several places where having some kind of standard method for building a tree from non-well-formed XML would be beneficial:

  * to enable browsers to recover from errors in XML, so that users didn't suffer with a mangled page, while reporting those errors within a developer console (eg Firebug)

  * to enable editors to build and display trees while people are editing documents (as in the middle of editing, XML is often not well-formed)

  * to enable tools that ingest XML from the wild to fix up that XML in a standard way; for example, MarkLogic does this

There was no interest in changing XML itself, but the general feeling was that a specification of this error-recovery would be useful, and Liam agreed that a Community Group would be the right place to initiate that activity.

So the XML Error Recovery Community Group [4] has been set up for this purpose. I think that the presence of "chairs" at the moment are a glitch (as is my inability to join it), but Anne did say that he would be happy to edit the specification within that group.



[1] http://www.xmlprague.cz/2012/index.html
[2] http://annevankesteren.nl/2007/10/xml5
[3] http://www.xmlprague.cz/2012/files/video-archive-1.html?ps_idc=0&ps_ida=453&ps_idb=2765
[4] http://www.w3.org/community/xml-er/
Jeni Tennison
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