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RE: Transition Request for publication of XML 1.0 Fifth Edition as REC

From: Phillips, Addison <addison@amazon.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 08:32:47 -0800
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The Internationalization WG is extremely happy to see the publication of XML1.0 Fifth Edition and supports this request. 

This document clears away a long-standing problem with the use of newer Unicode characters in elements, attributes and so forth. This limitation represented a barrier for users of characters encoded after Unicode 2.0 (tens of thousands of characters have been encoded since then to reach current Unicode version 5.1), including speakers of many languages---not minority languages, in many cases---as well as users of specific characters encoded later and necessary to languages/scripts previously encoded.

This update also fixes the reference to BCP 47 (so that it does not become stale).

These changes will, in our opinion, not harm interoperability and will ease implementation. We look forward to its advancement to REQ.

Regards,

Addison

Addison Phillips
Globalization Architect -- Lab126
Chair -- W3C Internationalization Core WG

Internationalization is not a feature.
It is an architecture.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: chairs-request@w3.org [mailto:chairs-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of Henry S. Thompson
> Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 7:56 AM
> To: Philippe Le Hegaret
> Cc: chairs@w3.org; w3t-comm@w3.org; webreq@w3.org; Philipp Hoschka
> Subject: Transition Request for publication of XML 1.0 Fifth
> Edition as REC
> 
> 
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> This is to request the transition of Extensible Markup Language
> (XML)
> 1.0 (Fifth Edition) from Proposed Edited Recommendation to
> Recommendation.
> 
> As shown below, all the requirements for the transition from PER to
> Recommendation have been met; the XML Core WG requests a
> Director's decision to publish the Fifth Edition as a
> Recommendation,
> and subsequent publication, as soon as is convenient.
> 
> Document title:
> 
>  Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0 (Fifth Edition)
> 
> Document URI:
> 
>  http://www.w3.org/XML/Group/2008/09/XML5e/

> 
> Estimated publication date:
> 
>  26 November 2008
> 
> Record of the WG decision to advance:
> 
>  http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-xml-core-

> wg/2008Oct/0012.html
>   under item headed 3. XML 1.0:
> 
>     "WG had CONSENSUS to take XML 1.0 5th Ed to Rec."
> 
> Record of changes to the document:
> 
>  The XML 1.0 4th edition errata document tabulates all the changes
>  between 4e and 5e:
> 
>    http://www.w3.org/XML/xml-V10-4e-errata

> 
>  A diff-marked version of 5e is available:
> 
>     http://www.w3.org/XML/Group/2008/09/XML5e/REC-xml-20081010-

> review.html
> 
> Review of the PER:
> 
>  The PER was published on 2008-02-05:
> 
>    http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/PER-xml-20080205/

> 
>  The Call for Review of the PER is here:
> 
>    http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/chairs/2008JanMar/0047.html

> 
>  The AC review was positive:
> 
>    http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/33280/xml105e/results

> 
>    (see below under Disposition of Comments for the one required
> change)
> 
>  A disposition of comments document records all the comments
> received,
>  either from the AC or the public, together with their disposition
> and
>  the response of the commenter:
> 
>    http://www.w3.org/XML/Group/2008/09/xml-5e/disposition.html

> 
>  The WG accepted and implemented all the specific suggestions.
> There
>  were a number of objections to making the major change contained
> in
>  5e, namely the substantial expansion of the repertoire of Name
>  characters, on the grounds that this was too big a change to be
>  accommodated via a new edition, and merited a version change.  The
> WG
>  feels that this issue had already been raised, and satisfactorily
>  addressed, in the transition to PER, as documented in the Call for
>  Review and the WBS form, both referenced above.
> 
>  In all cases where changes were made, they were judged
> satisfactory
>  by the original commentators.
> 
>  The late comment from James Clark deserves separate comment: he
>  pointed out that a cross-reference from Namespaces in XML (2nd
>  edition) will lead to an incompatibility if 5e is published as
>  http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml/.  The WG agreed, and will publish an
>  erratum to the Namespaces spec. (which will be getting a new
> edition
>  soon in any case) at the same time that 5e is published.
> 
> Patent disclosures
> 
>  None received
> 
> Note on implementations:
> 
>  The XML Test Suite has been updated to include a substantial
> number
>  of tests to check conformance to the changes contained in 5e.
> 
>  The implementation report
> 
>    http://www.w3.org/XML/2008/01/xml10-5e-implementation.html

> 
>  records four implementations, including one which has been
> released
>  and two more which will be soon, all of which perform correctly on
>  all the new tests.
> 
> Document abstract:
> 
>   The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a subset of SGML that is
>   completely described in this document. Its goal is to enable
> generic
>   SGML to be served, received, and processed on the Web in the way
>   that is now possible with HTML. XML has been designed for ease of
>   implementation and for interoperability with both SGML and HTML.
> 
> Status of this Document
> 
>   This section describes the status of this document at the time of
> its
>   publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list
> of
>   current W3C publications and the latest revision of this
> technical
>   report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at
>   http://www.w3.org/TR/.

> 
>   This document specifies a syntax created by subsetting an
> existing,
>   widely used international text processing standard (Standard
>   Generalized Markup Language, ISO 8879:1986(E) as amended and
>   corrected) for use on the World Wide Web. It is a product of the
> XML
>   Core Working Group as part of the XML Activity. The English
> version of
>   this specification is the only normative version. However, for
>   translations of this document, see
> 
> http://www.w3.org/2003/03/Translations/byTechnology?technology=xml.

> 
>   This document is a W3C Recommendation. This fifth edition is not
> a new
>   version of XML. As a convenience to readers, it incorporates the
>   changes dictated by the accumulated errata (available at
>   http://www.w3.org/XML/xml-V10-4e-errata) to the Fourth Edition of
> XML
>   1.0, dated 16 August 2006. In particular, erratum [E09] relaxes
> the
>   restrictions on element and attribute names, thereby providing in
> XML
>   1.0 the major end user benefit currently achievable only by using
> XML
>   1.1. As a consequence, many possible documents which were not
>   well-formed according to previous editions of this specification
> are
>   now well-formed, and previously invalid documents using the
>   newly-allowed name characters in, for example, ID attributes, are
> now
>   valid.
> 
>   This edition supersedes the previous W3C Recommendation of 16
> August
>   2006.
> 
>   Please report errors in this document to the public xml-
> editor@w3.org
>   mail list; public archives are available. For the convenience of
>   readers, an XHTML version with color-coded revision indicators is
> also
>   provided; this version highlights each change due to an erratum
>   published in the errata list for the previous edition, together
> with a
>   link to the particular erratum in that list. Most of the errata
> in the
>   list provide a rationale for the change. The errata list for this
>   fifth edition is available at http://www.w3.org/XML/xml-V10-5e-

> errata.
> 
>   An implementation report is available at
>   http://www.w3.org/XML/2008/01/xml10-5e-implementation.html. A
> Test
>   Suite is maintained to help assessing conformance to this
>   specification.
> 
>   This document has been reviewed by W3C Members, by software
>   developers, and by other W3C groups and interested parties, and
> is
>   endorsed by the Director as a W3C Recommendation. It is a stable
>   document and may be used as reference material or cited from
> another
>   document. W3C's role in making the Recommendation is to draw
> attention
>   to the specification and to promote its widespread deployment.
> This
>   enhances the functionality and interoperability of the Web.
> 
>   W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures made in
>   connection with the deliverables of the group; that page also
> includes
>   instructions for disclosing a patent. An individual who has
> actual
>   knowledge of a patent which the individual believes contains
> Essential
>   Claim(s) must disclose the information in accordance with section
> 6 of
>   the W3C Patent Policy.
> 
> Henry S. Thompson, staff contact, on behalf of the XML Core WG
> - --
>        Henry S. Thompson, School of Informatics, University of
> Edinburgh
>                          Half-time member of W3C Team
>       10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB, SCOTLAND -- (44) 131
> 650-4440
>                 Fax: (44) 131 651-1426, e-mail: ht@inf.ed.ac.uk
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