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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The more popular XML is getting, the more it's becoming like HTML. RSS is the most end-user XML application, and validity of generated RSS is so bad reasonable numbers of people seem to have started writing non-XML parsers to read it and accept anything...
    • by sbwoodside (3935) on 2003.03.01 2:40 (#17627)
      Well it doesn't help when you have something like XHTML, which is supposed to be a gateway drug to XML somehow, except that people write their XHTML in non-validating editors, and so the vast majority of XHTML out there isn't XHTML at all, and if it's not XML then it really is pointless to bother. Which, is why I support the "XHTML considered harmful" gang.

      If more people would use XSLT then that would improve the situation a lot, since it can only output valid XML (in most situations).

      These people who are outputting bad RSS ... what tools are they using to create it? It's probably better to blame the tool makers than the individuals who can't be bothered to validate.

      simon
      • These people who are outputting bad RSS ... what tools are they using to create it?

        Probably Perl, or PHP or ASP. And not using tools, just using strings.