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XML Core WG Status and Open Actions as of 2013 March 11

From: Paul Grosso <paul@paulgrosso.name>
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:10:45 -0500
Message-ID: <513DF3F5.5010303@paulgrosso.name>
To: core <public-xml-core-wg@w3.org>

The XML Core WG telcons are every other week.
Our next telcon will be March 20.


NOTE:  Our telcon on the 20th falls in the time frame after
North American has shifted to daylight time and before the
rest of the northern hemisphere has so shifted.

Therefore, XML Core WG members dialing in from Europe will
have to dial in one hour earlier local time next week.


Status and open actions

xmlspec.xsl and diffspec.xsl
Paul sent email about this at

ACTION to Norm:  Come up with (and implement) a plan to
reorganize xmlspec.xsl and diffspec.xsl to "do the right thing."

Henry reported that DOM4 has removed (or deprecated) access to the
XML Declaration. Our Infoset spec says that standalone, version,
and the encoding are part of the information content of an XML

Henry and Paul think the XML Core WG should send an email
to the Web Applications Working Group (public-webapps@w3.org)
to reinstate the parts of the xml decl that are in the Infoset.

Henry drafted a potential comment at

John filed some thoughts to the contrary at

Henry figures we should discuss this some more.
Norm is having a hard time caring about all this.

ACTION to Henry:  Reach out to the webapps working group
and/or others to try to collect some more data on this issue.

Fully normalized XML
This discussion started with a posting to xml-editor at
but then Norm found some more concerning issues at
wherein different tools handle the combining characters differently.

The XML Core WG email thread is at

XML 1.0 doesn't say anything about normalization.

XML 1.1 says XML parsers are forbidden from normalizing.

The fact that Saxon and MarkLogic do different things
is okay--neither is non-compliant.

ACTION to Paul:  Draft a response to Roger Costello and
post it to the XML Core WG list.

XInclude 1.1
On 2012 February 14, we published
XInclude 1.1 Requirement and Use Cases

On 9 October 2012, we published our FPWD of XInclude 1.1 at

On 15 January 2013, we published our (first) Last Call of
XInclude 1.1 at
and Paul sent the transition announcement at
(also cc-ing the chairs mailing list).

To date, there has been one comment posted to

Norm posted announcement of the XInclude 1.1 Last Call
to the DocBook list and there have been several comments at

Norm posted announcement of the XInclude 1.1 Last Call
to the xml-dev list at
(No comments to date.)
ACTION to Norm:  Prepare a Disposition of Comments document for
XInclude 1.1.

ACTION to Norm:  Create an Implementation Report document for
XInclude 1.1.
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