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XHTML modularization and substitution groups (tag issue XMLVersioning-41, TagSoupIntegration-54, RDFinXHTML-35)

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 11:13:07 -0600
To: mimasa@w3.org, Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Cc: public-xml-versioning@w3.org
Message-Id: <1171386787.7497.1030.camel@dirk>

Mimasa, Shane,

I'm interested in a form of extensibility where a markup
language designer can make a new my:box element and
say "it's an HTML block element"; then, when a
document containing a my:block element is checked
for syntactic happiness, the checking tool uses
normal HTML schemas until it gets to my:box; then
it looks up my:box in the web, finds that it's
declared to be an HTML block, and find than
an HTML block is allowed here, and carries on happily.

The TAG discussed this in Vancouver in October
http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/2006/10/04-tagmem-minutes#item05
It came up again yesterday in a discussion of RDFa
(in discussion of RDFinXHTML-35) and relates to recent
discussions of TagSoupIntegration-54.
http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/2007/02/12-tagmem-minutes.html#item02
http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/2007/02/05-tagmem-minutes#item04

XML Schema substitution groups are designed for this use case.
Legend has it you tried to use them in XHTML modularization but
it didn't work out or something. We're interested to know the
whole story.

Shane, I understand you have some worked examples of XML Schemas
somewhere in this neighborhood?

When I was working on XML Schema, I convinced myself with some
examples that this sort of modularization works.
  http://www.w3.org/XML/2000/04schema-hacking/


I'm also interested in whether CDF/WICD can/should use substitution
groups.
http://www.w3.org/TR/WICD/


p.s. for reference... public-xml-versioning is a list that comes
out of joint TAG/XML Schema WG discussions of XML versioning.
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-xml-versioning/

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