[webkit-dev] Writing a new XML parser with no external libraries
rniwa at webkit.org
Wed Jun 29 08:33:03 PDT 2011
On Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 6:55 AM, Alex Milowski <alex at milowski.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 6:50 PM, Eric Seidel <eric at webkit.org> wrote:
> > I'm in general in favor of this effort (having worked extensively on
> > the existing XML parsers).
> > But I would caution you that xml is a ridiculously tiny fraction of
> > the web. And it may not be worth the engineering effort to make a
> > better parser.
> > http://www.google.com/search?q=filetype:html = 25,270,000,000
> > http://www.google.com/search?q=filetype:xml = 71,000,000
> I can't let this one just pass by! ;)
> First, filetype is by extension and not media type . As such, that
> is an incorrect accounting of the amount of XML on the web. Secondly,
> just using file extensions, you'd have to enumerate and sum all the
> extensions used by all XML media types (e.g. .xhtml, .svg, etc.).
> Third, there is plenty of content on the web that Google does not
> crawl (the "dark web") where there are petabytes of XML waiting for
> browsers to do something with it (e.g. astronomical data cone search
+1. Also, a lot of .asp, .php, etc... files serve XHTML contents.
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