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[REBOL] Re: XML support in Rebol

From: bry:itnisk at: 20-Dec-2004 11:45

I've actually thought quite a bit about this subject as my area of expertise is xml, although I don't really use Rebol anymore I think the following would be a good approach: integrate support for some open source libraries for handling xml, my suggestion would be support for libxml and libxslt as well (given that for certain forms of xml xslt is the best tool). Do not bake any further support for xml into the parse-xml. Why not? Because parse-xml will currently accept non-valid, not well formed xml and provide a simple parser for it. This is a strength as long as one also has a parser for providing validity checking and other commonly required functionality. instances of some of the more common xml dialects one encounters have the distressing habit of not being well-formed, for example various versions of RSS, parse-xml provides a simple way to work with that.