I was checking the specification for XML earlier to try and work out how you are supposed to escape stuff that goes in CDATA blocks. Anyway, I found the Origins and Goals section of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 (Second Edition) specification.

Number 4 made be laugh, "It shall be easy to write programs which process XML documents.".

I'm yet to see a stateless XML parser, let alone one written in clean regular expressions.

Apps that needlessly use XML over (perfectly addequte) .ini files (with the same structure) also cause themselves much pain.


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