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Re: XML parse error: Not well-formed (Not neon-0.24.3/svn bug)

From: C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato_at_collab.net>
Date: 2003-10-09 16:11:27 CEST

"Julian Reschke" <julian.reschke@gmx.de> writes:

> Well.
> That's not a DAV-ism. Actually I'm, not aware of any language/format in
> which identifiers can contain whitespace. Why is this a problem in WebDAV,
> but not in XML (XML names), HTTP (message header names, method names) or
> Java/C/whatever?

It's a problem with DAV because they chose XML (and all the
limitations that come with it) for their marshaling system.

Note that we probably don't have this problem over ra-svn (just like
countless other data transport problems we have in ra-dav but not in
ra-svn). Why? Because Greg Hudson has his head on straight and
decided that it was more sensible to design his own protocol with no
obvious technical limitations than to select the trendiest-yet-limited
protocol du jour.

I'm not saying that it's bad to to have technical limitations. Who
gives a rip if C/Java won't let you have spaces in your symbols?
Symbols aren't the level at which users of software typically deal.
It doesn't matter that a piece of recipe software can't use a variable
named "Name of Recipe", but you better believe that people would hit
the roof if their recipe names couldn't have spaces.

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Received on Thu Oct 9 16:12:47 2003

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