libxml usage

Daniel Morissette dmorissette at MAPGEARS.COM
Fri Jun 9 16:59:06 EDT 2006

Yewondwossen Assefa wrote:
> Things that quickly comes to mind are :
>  * learning curve of using the library (at least for the output part) is 
> not expensive.
>  * It is well supported on different platforms
>  * It definitely remove all the formatting/closing tags ... concerns, 
> creating an xml friendly environment
>  * I have not done any performance tests but It should be slower than 
> using the printf directly, although the SOS requests are returned in a 
> reasonable amount of time
>  * I think It makes it easier to maintain in a long term.
>  Saying that, moving all the other Ows and gml services to use an xml 
> library is major task.  As you mentioned it will only be appropriate to 
> do so if there is a major revision of the service that requires the 
> rewrite of the support in Mapserver. Otherwise, It is not always easy to 
> justify/fund a rewriting of a module when there are no gains in 
> functionality to show for.

I don't have much to add... I agree with all of Assefa's comments.

Daniel Morissette

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