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Re: Scope of step types

From: Richard Tobin <richard@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 22:49:42 +0100 (BST)
To: Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>, public-xml-processing-model-wg@w3.org
Message-Id: <20071002214942.7FDBE26B966@macpro.inf.ed.ac.uk>

> | I think this still doesn't cover everything.  Surely the body of a
> | pipeline in a library can see the other steps and pipelines declared
> | in the library that contains it.

> Yes. And the more I think about it, the more I think maybe we really
> do want a single, global scope for step type names.

I'm dubious about this.  It means that importing a library in different
contexts has different results.

> I think the only negative consequence of this decision is that two
> pipelines in a pipeline library that each import a different
> definition for a step type will cause an error 

Why does only importing a *different* definition cause an error?
Are you proposing adding a rule that requires definitions to be
compared to see if they are the same?

I recommend sticking to what I think you originally intended, which I
will describe as:

The step and pipeline types visible in a pipeline or library are:

 - the standard built-in types;
 - any implementation-provided types;
 - the types visible in any library that is imported;
 - the step types declared in the pipeline or library
 - for a pipeline, the pipeline itself
 - for a library, any pipelines defined in it.

-- Richard
Received on Tuesday, 2 October 2007 21:50:48 UTC

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