parser for xml-data?

Ron Bourret rbourret at
Fri May 22 16:14:21 BST 1998

Paul Prescod wrote:

> Charles Frankston wrote:
> > The ns, prefix, and src parameters to a namespace PI look a lot like
> > attributes (although they are not in a formal sense).  Since attributes in
> > XML do not have to be in a particular order, it would certainly be
> > surprising for people to discover that attributes in a namespace have to be
> > a particular order.  You're suggesting that the syntax be made harder to use
> > in order to make the productions easier to author.  I think this is a bad
> > tradeoff.
> Note that the XML declaration has a required order of pseudo-attribute
> occurrence. It would be best if the XML-family of language were
> consistent.
> [23]  XMLDecl ::=  '<?xml' VersionInfo EncodingDecl? SDDecl? S? '?>'  

Chris has a point, but my intention was to make the production easier to read 
(benefits the user), not write (benefits the writer).  I've been wading through 
a lot of specs recently and I tend to appreciate anything that simplifies them.  
Maybe I'll change my tune when I'm further along the learning curve, but right 
now, the added flexibility on an instruction I won't use much (even if all my 
XML documents use namespaces) isn't worth the added complexity.

-- Ron Bourret

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