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Review comment wrt XML Base PER -> REC transition

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 15:18:59 +0000
To: public-xml-core-wg <public-xml-core-wg@w3.org>
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The following comes from Mohamed Zergaoui of INNOVIMAX

I think we should discuss it, and if possible respond before the end
of the comment period. . .

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The reviewer recommended that "XML Base (Second Edition)" be returned for
further work due to substantial issues.


Additional comments about the specification:
   I don't feel any necessity to make XML Base dependant of XLink
Normatively

I have nothing againt XLink, but  
* XLink already depends normatively on XML Base (chicken and egg)
* XInclude and a lot of other specifications until now doesn't depend on
XLink.

I understand that reusing normative part defined in XLink is a good idea,
but it gives a very bad messages on dependencies between specs

For me, it seems to be the right time for the W3C to prepare the future of
XML and make some clean distinctions between what has to be in the Core and
what has to depend on the XML Core

10 years after XML, it seems the big deal to propose to reshape XML  1.0,
Namespaces in XML, XML Base, XML:id and Associating Style Sheets with XML
documents into a big XML++ proposal, and cut some SGMLish feature from XML
Then define the XPointer model above for defining clearly  XInclude as
*the* inclusion process and XLink as *the* linking model.


Furthermore, giving an uptodate graph of all the dependancies between
XMLish publications seems to be a high necessity (the one already
available hasn't been updated since 2000 :
http://www.w3.org/2000/03/xmldep/)


The reviewer's organization:
   - produces products addressed by this specification

[copied to Core WG with permission of the OP]
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