Definitive test suite? (was Re: Oracle XML)

Tyler Baker tyler at
Sun Nov 15 20:05:31 GMT 1998

Dave Winer wrote:

> Simon, it's going to get a lot worse before it gets better. There are a
> billion parsers being written right now, all will accept different flavors
> of XML.
> There still is no definitive test suite of XML files they have to parse. If
> we're serious about having compatibility and offering users real choices,
> we can probably still fix this, but soon, the cat will be out of the bag,
> as they say, and it'll be too late.
> No individual commercial vendor has the credibility or motivation to
> establish this test suite. But a famous book author or two could do it. ;->
> Dave

Jim Clark's test suite, though not perfect is a wonderful test suite that has
helped me out immensely.  If there should be any standard test suite for XML 1.0,
I would suggest Mr. Clark's.


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