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RE: merge mode for XML

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: RE: merge mode for XML
Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 01:55:51 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Wednesday, May 1, 2002 at 00:04:39 (+0200), Peter Ring wrote: ]
> Subject: RE: merge mode for XML
> SGML and XML files are really just serialized representations
> of parse trees, infosets, and an infoset can be serialized in
> many equivalent ways.

Hmmm.... it's just that they have the most horrid syntax....  It's
really too bad, but after all these years that's one heck of a herd of
elephants to try and turn on the head of a pin....  :-)

> So diff'ing XML and SGML alike need a
> validating parser, i.e. one that uses a schema such as a DTD.

Yes -- that's what I thought...

> <rant>There's a class of simple XML documents that live and
> die without getting near either a DTD or revision control.
> Without a schema and accompanying documentation, there's no
> way to tell the semantics of the XML document, and not much
> point in version management.</rant>

Amen.  I couldn't agree more!

Those who dare call such things "XML" are sadly mistaken.

                                                                Greg A. Woods

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