Is there a size limitation on XML file given to MSXSL as input?

Ingo Macherius macherius at
Tue Sep 1 16:45:28 BST 1998

Amit Rekhi <amitr at> wrote at 1 Sep 98, 18:26:

>         Is there a restriction on the size of the XML file I give as input
> to the MSXSL ActiveX control?
>         I am using the MSXSL ActiveX control to display a XML file using the
> following :-

I used systematically tested free XML tools and found many of them 
choking on large input. Especially IE5b1 seems to have a crash-
guarantee when dealing with > 25.000 elements. The most common death 
is exponential time consumption while garbage collecting string 
fragments. Many Java-based tools suffer from that.

My afterall impression is that most available tools do well with toy 
examples, but any input being in the MB range easily blasts them. At 
least that's true for what came from MS so far.
> 1) Is there a limitation on the amount of XML elements that can be present
> in a XML file given as input to the MSXSL processor?

There is a way in SGML, namely SGML declarations. Maybe that wasn't 
an all-so-bad idea. Vendors should publish formal declarations for 
the capacity of their products. 
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