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Re: Problems with xml-parse-string

From: Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen
Subject: Re: Problems with xml-parse-string
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2010 21:34:34 +0200
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Chong Yidong <address@hidden> writes:

> That's why you use `xml-node-children' and so forth.

So your argument is now that it doesn't matter how crappy the
representation is, since we're going to teach all users of the data to
use small accessor functions that hide the horror? Instead of assq we're
going to use xml-find-attribute?

Well, that's dandy, if you manage to cover all the use cases, and you
manage to teach all users these accessors.

But that's not how it works. Somebody wants some data. It's in html. They
parse it.  They look at it. They use assq and are angry it breaks in
some cases.

(excuse typos. I'm writing from my mobile phone.)
(domestic pets only, the antidote for overdose, milk.)
  address@hidden * Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen

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