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keshlam at keshlam at
Wed Mar 17 16:08:41 GMT 1999

>It seems then that isSpecified could be used to filter-out excess
>attributes when attempting to recreate a document from a DOM

That's the intent.

>In looking over the Parser/DOM from JavaSoft, it looked like isSpecified
>is always true, even for default values.
>In looking over the Docuverse DOM, it looked like isSpecified is also
>always true, except for updates made by the application, for which it
>is always false.

If so, my reading is that those are deviations from the DOM Recommendation -- in
other words, bugs.

 I sorta undertand why Docuverse could have gotten this wrong; the spec's
description starts of with a discussion of "original document", which is
probably an error... though the summary lays out the intent quite precisely in
terms of assigned versus default values.

I'll suggest a clarification of the document; you may want to contact your DOM
suppliers and suggest that they recheck the definition of this parameter.

Joe Kesselman  / IBM Research
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