Classification of XML Parsers

Sean Mc Grath digitome at
Fri Dec 12 08:50:27 GMT 1997

The real truth behind XML's simplicity and ease of implementaton is being badly
let down by the haziness with with parsers are classified:-

Well Formed
Type Valid (In the DOM level 1 spec.)
Tag Valid (ditto)
DTD Aware (Aelfred)

Then there is a bevvy of terminology to do with what the parsers do and do
not provide
the application
 - Comments
 - Expansion of general entities
 - Access to element type declarations


Given that it is on this list that most of the implementors hang out I think
we could
usefully attempt to put together a classification.

Also, from a quick reading of the DOM there does not seem to be a node type
for unexpanded
general entity. How come?

Sean Mc Grath

sean at
Digitome Electronic Publishing

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