Comments, parsers, XPointers

Peter Murray-Rust peter at
Fri May 22 23:01:47 BST 1998

At 13:34 01/01/80 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
>In the longer term, what we need is an official definition of an XML
>information set, specifying (for example) that reporting comments is
>optional, while reporting the start and end of elements is required.
>Once such a beastie exists, many vexing questions about (and
>inconsistencies among) the DOM, XPointers, SAX, XSL, etc. will
Agreed. But I think we need it in the shorter term :-) Over the last day
Eliot Kimber has spent a lot of time (thanks :-) helping to clear up some
of my ideas about addressing and linking. (I have been much concerned about
how to build software that is unambiguous). I believe I'm quoting Eliot
correctly in saying that it is impossible to implement Xpointer rigorously
until we agree on the abstract model of an XML document. I suspect we
don't, all, yet...


Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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