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Don't mess with XML

Posted Jan 25, 2004 in XML.

I posted an earlier blog entry about well-formedness in XML, stating that I was "sitting on the fence" as far as whether or not clients should be developed that support XML documents that aren't well-formed.

Well I have changed my mind. I have decided that XML that is not well-formed cannot be called XML. Consequently, if someone wants to develop an application that doesn't require well-formedness, they should not use XML. Take well-formedness away, and XML is reduced to being like the mish-mash that came before it. It will never be the same again.

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