Why do XML and OFX have subtle differences?

Martin Bryan mtbryan at sgml.u-net.com
Sun Jul 13 09:27:42 BST 1997

At 00:19 12/7/97 -0400, Giovanni Flammia wrote:

> The one difference that I see is this
>one. When the data
>being transmitted is a simple list of of key-value pairs, XML would do
>it like this:
>or like this:
><userid value=name />
><userpassword value=mypassword />
>Otherwise, the tagging scheme is pretty much compatible (correct me if
>I'm wrong).
>I think it would be highly desirable that either XML incorporates the
>simpler OFX listing
>with no ending tag, or OFX comply to XML.

Unfortunately we lost this battle in the XML debate - XML forces you to use
end-tags even where their absence is detectable as it presumes you need to
know nothing about the DTD to be able to parse it. If you do not know
whether <userpassword> is a subelement of or a sibling of <userid> you need
the end-tag to tell you.
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