Microsoft's responce to article

James Clark jjc at
Sat Jan 15 06:07:10 GMT 2000

David Brownell wrote:
> "Simon St.Laurent" wrote:
> >
> > I'd love to see another round of comment on the comments, however.  It
> > seems like there are enough people around with a deep understanding of the
> > conformance tests (i.e., the people who built them) to report on the four
> > 'hotly contested differences' listed.
> I don't know about "hotly".  The first two objections have meat
> to them, the second two don't (IMHO):
> * Is <![CDATA[ ]> the same as ignorable whitespace? We say no.
> In this area, as in some others, the XML specification errata need to
> get updated.  This is test that I called attention to in the review.
> (It came from some XML-Dev discussions, where Microsoft was silent.)
> In the absence of W3C errata ruling out this handling, I can't see a
> compelling reason for the NIST/OASIS suite to change.  (Tim, I'm sorry
> to say that your posted opinion doesn't count as much with me as W3C
> errata would ... particularly since I can trace paths through the XML
> spec justifying the contrary opinion!  ;-)

Microsoft is right on this one.  See

I have to say I think it's inappropriate for the NIST/OASIS test suite
to include controversial cases, where there are legitimate differences
of opinion on the correct interpretation of the spec that are not
resolved by the errata.


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