having to deal with mal-formed XML

Eric Prud'hommeaux eric at w3.org
Thu Feb 25 07:15:54 GMT 1999

On Wed, Feb 24, 1999 at 11:14:14PM -0500, Craig I. Johnson wrote:
>  Someone from w3c should complain.

Pursuant to this, I am charged with collecting a list of XML
generating and using apps and evaluating their conformance with
http://www.w3.org/TR/1998/REC-xml-19980210. The objective is not to
bash any particular vendor, but to create a forum where vendors and
the public may determine what XML applications need attention and what
ones will sail comfortably and interroperably into the next millineum.

Conformance may be judged on these criteria (any probably more that I
haven't thought of):

  Generates well-formed XML.
  Generates valid XML where a DTD is available.
  Accepts well-formed/valid XML.
  Follows the application rules described in the XML spec:
    Produces a valid document tree when processing valid XML.
    Produces an empty doc when it observes a fatal error (see

I would like to set up a validation service for generated XML and a
test suite for apps that process XML. Please post any additional or
refined criteria to <perl-xml at listserv.activestate.com> and
<xml-dev at ic.ac.uk> so that we may derive a fair and impartial basis
for evaluating and furthering conformance. If the traffic becomes a
burden on these lists, I will set up a list at W3C, however, I believe
that this review will benefit from the public scrutiny available only
on these lists.

So, there's the mandate, who wants to help?

(eric at w3.org)

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