</> as end tag

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Mon Nov 3 05:24:17 GMT 1997

t 05:53 PM 02/11/97 -0800, Jon Bosak wrote:
>| Think of it as a kind of compression technique that would
>| only be enabled when both ends of the pipe can handle it.
>Empty end tags are a well formedness error, and the behavior of a
>conforming XML processor upon encountering such an error is to stop

Seconded.  I am flabbergasted.   In November 1997, we should be forgiving 
about well-intentioned parsers missing details of compliance with a spec 
which we keep changing, but this apparently-deliberate step out of bounds
is incomprehensible; let us assume that it is a transient error which 
will soon be rectified. -Tim

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