[jdom-interest] Stirring up Trouble
simonstl at simonstl.com
Thu Jul 20 07:02:00 PDT 2000
At 03:52 PM 7/19/00 -0700, Jason Hunter wrote:
>> I really think JDOM is the wrong place to be making this judgement.
>> Your argument is really with what XML parsers should be doing.
>I disagree. The reason I put effort into creating JDOM was to have an
>API for reading and manipulating XML that was convenient. That's my
>number one goal. That convenience has tended to mean better
>performance, then great! That convenience has tended to mean
>lighterweight, then great! That convenience can be done while being XML
>1.0 spec compliant, then fabulous! That's where I'm coming from here.
Sorry to be the standards-fascist (where's Alex when I need him?), but I've
got to go with Elliotte and Brett here.
The 'XML approach to whitespace' may feel counter-intuitive or
inconvenient, but there are a lot of reasons for that, and a lot of specs
whose behavior depends on that understanding.
I don't mind making convenience methods a tad more difficult if it reminds
programmers about the underlying nature of the data they're manipulating.
Personally, I can type false as many times as necessary.
(I just hate the people who design markup and coding syntax to use
characters requiring the shift key.)
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
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