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Re: [xml-proc-profiles] - More minimal profiles

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2010 10:16:12 +0000
To: "David Lee" <dlee@calldei.com>
Cc: <public-xml-processing-model-comments@w3.org>
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Speaking only for myself, and before the WG has had a chance to
discuss your suggestion, I'm very much in two minds about this:

1) You're absolutely right in identifying a need, and I'm very glad
that you suggested this, so that's good;

2) It would amount to a subsetting of XML w/o having been chartered to
do that, outside the XML Core WG, so that's bad.

I don't mean to imply that the problem is basically a bureaucratic
one, but rather that what seems at first a simple matter of profiling
for limited purposes becomes a much more complex matter.

The difference between profile and subset also rears its ugly head:
profiles don't change the language, depending on a profile doesn't
change the fact that an implementer has to conform to the XML
spec. itself.

But subsets, and that's really what your talking about, allow and even
implicitly encourage an implementer to fall short of conformance. . .

We risk losing what Liam Quin calls The XML Promise:  all XML tools
can process any XML document.

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