[Python-Dev] Fixing the XML batteries

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at behnel.de
Wed Dec 14 20:41:42 CET 2011

"Martin v. Löwis", 14.12.2011 19:14:
> Am 12.12.2011 10:04, schrieb Stefan Behnel:
>> "Martin v. Löwis", 11.12.2011 23:39:
>>>> I can't recall anyone working on any substantial improvements during the
>>>> last six years or so, and the reason for that seems obvious to me.
>>> What do you think is the reason? It's not at all obvious to me.
>> Just to repeat myself for the third time here: lack of interest.
> Ah, that's certainly wrong. I am interested in these libraries.

I meant: "lack of interest in improving them". It's clear from the 
discussion that there are still users and that new code is still being 
written that uses MiniDOM. However, I would argue that this cannot possibly 
be performance critical code and that it only deals with somewhat small 
documents. I say that because MiniDOM is evidently not suitable for large 
documents or performance critical applications, so this is the only 
explanation I have why the performance problems would not be obvious in the 
cases where it is still being used. And if they do show, it appears to be 
much more likely that users rewrite their code using ElementTree or lxml 
than that they try to fix MiniDOM's performance issues.

Now, read my first quote above again (and preferably also its context, 
which I already emphasized in a previous post), it should be clearer now.


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