Paul Grosso paul at
Tue Dec 30 16:04:19 GMT 1997

At 11:53 1997 12 29 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
>Gavin Nicol writes:
> > >If we omit comments, then SAX-J would have to return only the
> > >following information:
> > >
> > >- elements
> > >- attributes
> > >- PIs
> > >- texts
> > 
> > I would recommend that you also leave in comments. That would allow
> > you to build a DOM representation, and write it out again such that
> > it would be very close to the original.
>My guess is that the level-one DOM includes comments only to support
>messed-up HTML-related tools that hide what should be processing
>instructions in comments.  I don't know if we really want to dirty
>ourselves with this in XML, unless we can come up with a compelling reason.

Your guess is wrong.

The DOM has several reference applications including editors and
data repositories, and retention of comments is a requirement for
these applications.  This is true for XML and has nothing to do 
with "dirty" use of comments in HTML.


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