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XML Specification

Frank Hale
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Where can I find the XML specification and would this have enough information to implement my own XML parser?
Thanks,
Frank
Anonymous
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hi frank,
no one in his sane mind it is said would create a parser(from XML By Example). it is a long and tedious process. instead he would use one of the free parsers available from sun, ibm etc.
for xml specification visit here www.w3c.org
regds.
Rahul
[This message has been edited by rahul_mkar (edited June 23, 2000).]
Frank Hale
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Well what I really wanted to know was if the specification had all the information about XML in it. I don't plan to write a parser for it, but is this where other programmers get the information too write parsers for it?
Frank
Frank Carver
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I have written several XML parsers, and it's not that scary. XML is actually a nice format to parse, there are very few special cases, so parsing is straightforward.
Of particular use are small specific-use parsers which don't bother to check against the DTD for validity, and assume well-formed XML. In an applet, for example, you really don't want to include a large full-featured XML parser in the download just to parse a few simple parameter settings from an XML stream.
In a relatively large and long-running server-side application, I agree with Rahul. The benefits of using a full featured, extensively tested, externally maintained XML engine are definately worthwhile.


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