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RE: XML 5e: One more fix, perhaps

From: Grosso, Paul <pgrosso@ptc.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 10:35:11 -0500
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I trust the opinion of Richard and you more than mine,
so this sounds fine to me, though I'd like to hear from
other WG members.

paul 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-xml-core-wg-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:public-xml-core-wg-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Henry 
> S. Thompson
> Sent: Friday, 2008 November 14 9:13
> To: public-xml-core-wg@w3.org
> Subject: XML 5e: One more fix, perhaps
> 
> In my concern to address the Namespace issue, I overlooked a minor
> point in James's [1] comment:
> 
>    ". . . the definition:
> 
>      [Definition: A *Name* is a token beginning with a letter or one
>      of a few punctuation characters, and continuing with letters,
>      digits, hyphens, underscores, colons, or full stops, together
>      known as name characters.]
> 
> 
>    ... is clearly not appropriate given the new definition of name."
> 
> Richard and I have discussed this, and agree that it is at least
> inaccurate if not a bit misleading.  This definition is never linked
> to, but the word 'name' is used w/o a cross-reference at various
> points, and of course there may be references from other specs.
> 
> We haven't come up with a trivial fix, and we _could_ just do
> nothing.  On balance we prefer the following editorial change:
> 
>   Reorganize and change the paragraphs at the beginning of the
>   introduction to the _Names and Tokens_ productions as follows:
> 
>     An Nmtoken (name token) is any mixture of name characters.
> 
>     [Definition: A Name is an Nmtoken with a restricted set of initial
>     characters.]
> 
>     Names beginning with the string " xml ", or with any string which
>     would match (('X'|'x') ('M'|'m') ('L'|'l')), are reserved for
>     standardization in this or future versions of this specification.
> 
>      Note:
> 
>       The Namespaces in XML Recommendation [XML Names] assigns a
>       meaning to names containing colon characters. Therefore, authors
>       should not use the colon in XML names except for namespace
>       purposes, but XML processors must accept the colon as a name
>       character.
> 
> What do people think?
> 
> ht
> 
> [1] 
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/xml-editor/2008OctDec/0016.html
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