Microsoft Hatred FAQ

John Bokma john at
Tue Oct 18 03:58:37 CEST 2005

"Mike Schilling" <mscottschilling at> wrote:

> "John Bokma" <john at> wrote in message 
> news:Xns96F2A7259B695castleamber at
>> "Mike Schilling" <mscottschilling at> wrote:
>>> "John Bokma" <john at> wrote in message
>>> news:Xns96F1E4E128EA8castleamber at
>>>> Yup, but ISO C++ is a standard, and XML is a recommendation.
>>> And the practical difference between the two is....
>>> That's right, nil.
>> If you both read them as a collection of words, you're right.
>> However, as a
>> (freelance) programmer, things like this *do* make a difference to
>> me, and my customers.
> That is, you assume that files claiming to contain XML documents may 
> actually contain some variant of XML, because that's only a
> recommendation, while files claiming to contain C++ are all
> ISO-conformant, because that's a standard?
> If so, you've got things precisely backwards.  C++ compilers that
> contain extensions or are not quite compliant are everywhere. XML
> parsers that accept non-well-formed XML are, ASFAIK, non-existent. 

My goodness, re read that again please, and rethink what you really want 
to say. I mean "claiming to contain C++". Is that like: all files 
claiming to contain HTML are automatically conforming to the ISO HTML 

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