Word and XML (was: XML standards coherency and so forth)

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Mon Jan 25 18:58:22 GMT 1999

At 12:59 PM 1/25/99 -0500, John Cowan wrote:
>The real difference in this respect between HTML and XML is that
>XML mandates draconian error processing (refusing to parse
>un-well-formed documents), and that was put into the spec at
>the demand of the major browser vendors, who were tired of playing
>we-can-accept-more-bogus-HTML-than-you games.  (Source of this
>statement: hearsay.)

I was there & it's true.  Both the big boys asked for it.  I think it
would have been done anyhow, them asking was just reinforcement.  Because
it's a good idea in & of itself. -T.

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