xmerl and fetching docs from the net

Johan Blom Johan.Blom@REDACTED
Wed Oct 27 09:06:08 CEST 2004


Ulf Wiger wrote:
> I browsed through the OTP manual for xmerl, and got stuck
> on one detail in the introduction to the User's Guide:
I must admit I have not yet...

> "There are two known shortcomings in xmerl:
> - It cannot retrieve external entities on the Internet by
>   a URL reference, only resources in the local file system.
> - xmerl can parse Unicode encoded data. But, it fails on tag
>   names, attribute names and other markup names that are
>   encoded Unicode characters not mapping on ASCII."
> I have nothing to say about the second bullet, but regarding
> the first -- at least the _intention_ was that you could
> write your own 'fetch_fun' and fetch documents from anywhere,
> e.g. using the now supported http client in INETS.
To write your own 'fetch_fun' and fetch documents from anywhere
is indeed still possible, thus I would argue that the first mentioned 
shortcoming is not true.

Johan Blom
Mobile Arts

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