Implications of this Breakdown
A Need for More Flexible Parsers
- Not Your Mother's XML 1.0 Although the documents used by XPDL are XML 1.0 documents and may be processed by XML 1.0 parsers, more sophisticated tools (basically equipped with on/off switches) are needed for XPDL processing.
- Wishing for a Layered Model XML 1.0 left processing as the responsibility of a single large processor that had its own options. Converting these tools to an XPDL approach may require some heavy retrofitting.
- Legacies We still need to figure out how to deal with old-style DOCTYPEs and their content. Entities in particular are often document-specific.
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