The word "valid" in XML

Sean Mc Grath digitome at
Thu Jan 1 20:13:23 GMT 1998

It is probably way to late to do anything about it but the word
"valid" bugs me in XML. Principally because of what happens when you
invert it.

A synonym for "valid" is "correct". But there is a big difference
between "invalid XML" and "incorrect XML" due to the loading of the
common word "valid".

As far as I know "valid" has no SGML genesis. Does anyone know
where it came from?

"well formed" and "fully formed" or some such would make talking
(and writing!) about XML a lot easier:-)

Sean Mc Grath
sean at digitome dot com

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