[Python-Dev] Fixing the XML batteries

Xavier Morel catch-all at masklinn.net
Wed Dec 14 20:54:50 CET 2011

On 2011-12-14, at 20:41 , Stefan Behnel wrote:
> 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.
Could also be because "XML is slow (and sucks)" is part of the global consciousness at this point, and that minidom is slow and verbose doesn't surprise much.

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