Appending to an XML document

tbray at tbray at
Fri Dec 10 16:49:28 GMT 1999

From: Larry Watanabe <LWatanab at>
> If a log file can't easily be represented as a well-formed XML document,
> then that does indicate a problem with the spec. The XML spec does say
> it should be straigthforwardly usable; I don't think external parsed
> entities are a straightforward way of doing a simple operation such as
> append.

Seems to me the obvious solution is that for streaming apps like logfiles,
the smart thing to do is to represent them as a sequence of small XML docs.
That way, you can also load each one into memory, validate it, do all sorts
of clever things you wouldn't be able to do if you were trying to pretend
the stream was a single document. -Tim

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