Streaming XML (Was RE: XML Information Set Requirements, W3C Note 18-February-1999)

len bullard cbullard at
Tue Feb 23 02:05:26 GMT 1999

Mark Birbeck wrote:
> A consistent theme in this discussion forum is that people always want
> every major breakthrough that has been made by XML to be removed, under
> the pretence of coping with some 'special circumstances'. If you think
> about it, it is quite unique in the history of software engineering to
> have an agreed standard which allows us to check whether a document that
> we had no part in designing the layout for, is valid.

Not to be tendentious, but some of us having been doing that for at 
least a generation now.  SGML works.

The concept of well-formed documents was introduced with XML.  AFAIK, no 
one has proposed removing the use of DTDs or alternative schemas.  If
is a significant breakthrough, it has been the introduction of two 
API/interface standards, one formal, DOM, and one grassroots, SAX, both 
of which are there to solve different but related problems.  The
standards for markup are unique.  Some of us would have killed for 
those about five years ago.


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