weak validation

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at simonstl.com
Mon Aug 30 17:50:01 BST 1999

At 11:38 AM 8/30/99 -0400, Ann Navarro wrote (Re: why distinctions within
>At 11:18 AM 8/30/99 -0400, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
>>Maybe it's time to reexamine the valid/not-valid distinction we get out of
>>the XML 1.0 spec and start looking at more sophisticated 'weak validation'
>>like Rick Jelliffe's discussed.
>'weak validation' or 'weak conformance' has been discussed at length, and
>found to be a very, very bad idea. 

I find answers like this hazardous.  'has been discussed at length' by who?
 The usual band of folks who who have used SGML for the decade or more?  Or
by developers looking for a way to use schemas without binding themselves
into a straitjacket?

Probably the best thing I got out of the Montreal XML Developer Days
conference this year was that binding ourselves into straitjackets isn't
always the right idea, even if tradition and perhaps intuition suggest

Simon St.Laurent
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