Why do XML and OFX have subtle differences?

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Sat Jul 12 18:28:20 BST 1997

At 12:19 AM 12/07/97 -0400, Giovanni Flammia wrote:
>I wonder why Open Financial Exchange (OFX) and XML have at least one
>subtle difference 

OFX predates XML, is based on SGML, and uses a form of minimization 
called end-tag omission that was deliberately left out of XML.  A
few months ago, I had heard that the OFX people were thinking seriously
about fixing this so as to be XML-compliant. -T.

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