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James Clark jjc at jclark.com
Fri Nov 28 16:06:51 GMT 1997

Rick Jelliffe wrote:

> But in the case of XML, we
> can have our cake (the fans of strict, codified naming rules can exactly
> specify what is allowed) *AND* eat it (bewildered parser-writers can just
> use simple tokenizing).

Not if they want to be conforming.  All conforming XML processors are
required to detect well-formedness errrors.  If a XML document uses a
character in a name that is not allowed, the document is not well-formed
and every conforming XML parser is required to report it and is required
not to process the document.

I think it would be better if well-formedness allowed simple tokenizing
to be used, and the detailed checking of name characters was needed only
for validity, but that's not how the spec is currently.


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