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WD-webarch-20031209: Allowing extra attributes does change the conformance of existing data

From: C. M. Sperberg-McQueen <cmsmcq@acm.org>
Date: 05 Mar 2004 00:19:56 +0100
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Section 4.2.2, Story.  The text says that defining a new optional
"lang" attribute on a "film" element does not affect the conformance
of any existing data or software.  This isn't quite true: it changes
some invalid data (data with the undefined attribute "lang") into
valid data, and some non-conforming software (software which
erroneously accepts that invalid content) into conforming software.

The text is correct if, but only if, the universe of discourse is
restricted to valid data.
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