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Re: XML design errors?

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 02:40:44 -0500
Message-ID: <3588C47C.4BE5@w3.org>
To: Chris.Newman@innosoft.com
CC: xml-editor@w3.org
Dan Connolly wrote:
> http://www.imc.org/ietf-calendar/mail-archive/1445.html
> Have you written anything about these design errors
> that you could point me to?

Oops... just found it; archiving a copy at xml-editor@w3.org.

Yes there are specific technical deficiences in the XML spec.  My
list from a quick skim of the spec follows:

* Didn't define BNF notation.
* Processing Instructions introduce interoperability problems.  There
  is also no registry for PITargets.
* "<![CDATA[" notation is cumbersome and creates new parser state and
  alternate representations.
* Version number text is broken -- likely to leave things stuck at
  "1.0" just like MIME-Version.
* Reference to UCS-2 which doesn'treally exist.
* Too many encoding variations.  &#x;  &#; &; UTF-8, UTF-16.
* Byte-order mark replicates TIFF problem.


Dan Connolly
Received on Thursday, 18 June 1998 03:40:09 UTC

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