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Re: 2. Effect of normalisation step on the DOM/Infoset

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 12:18:29 -0500
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: public-xml-id@w3.org
Message-id: <87oefcjehm.fsf@nwalsh.com>
/ Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> was heard to say:
| On Thu, 20 Jan 2005, Norman Walsh wrote:
|> | Thus I disagree with this resolution.
|> Are you persuaded by my observations to change your mind?
| No. IMHO, specifications adding layers on top of the XML specification 
| should never change the infoset/DOM representation, only augment it. 

The Core WG reviewed this issue once again and stands by their
earlier resolution.

From the minutes[1] of the 26 Jan telcon:


We want xml:id values to be normalized in the infoset.
Ian says browsers don't now do this; he doesn't like
the fact that we are changing the infoset values for
xml:id from what they would be in an infoset created
by an xml:id unaware processor.

But we are quite sure we do want to do this for xml:id.  
Given that we are changing the type of xml:id from CDATA 
to ID, it doesn't seem additionally problematic to normalize
its value too.  It won't break existing documents, since 
there can be no existing documents that use xml:id.  
Our proposed behavior is equivalent to putting something
in your internal subset declaring xml:id to be an id.

                                        Be seeing you,

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-xml-core-wg/2005Jan/0065.html

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