Feeler for SML (Simple Markup Language)

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Mon Nov 15 17:56:43 GMT 1999

At 05:35 PM 11/15/99 +0000, Sean Mc Grath wrote:
>>My feeling is that XML 1.0 as it exists now works OK for EDI.  Yes, it
>>could have a lot less and still work for EDI, but the extras don't seem
>>to get actively in the way.
>I would argue they do get actively in the way.
>Sure, the EDI stuff probably does not need external parsed entities
>and who knows what else. But if EDI software is going to
>truthfully "use XML" and "be fully XML compliant" then it
>cannot just barf when these things appear in XML docs.

Hmm.... just specify the use of a nonvalidating processor.  These have the 
right to ignore external entities, not to barf, just to ignore them.  If
the system is specified in this way, nobody will send external entities.
(Which lord knows they shouldn't be doing in ecommerce-land anyhow).

Next problem? -Tim

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