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Re: deprecating xpointer

From: Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 18:43:34 +0200
To: Konrad Lanz <Konrad.Lanz@iaik.tugraz.at>
Cc: public-xmlsec-maintwg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20070814164334.GB14409@raktajino.does-not-exist.org>

On 2007-08-14 16:37:13 +0200, Konrad Lanz wrote:

> How about:
> """
> [XPointer-xpointer] is in Working Draft status as of publication
> of this edition of XML Signature.  Therefore, the use of the
> optional xpointer() scheme beyond the minimal usage discussed in this
> section is discouraged for new systems and applications creating XML
> signatures.
> """
> This will discourage new signatures being created using the xpointer
> scheme, however not deprecate to optionally verify existing signatures
> that have been created since 2002.

My concern is that this language risks confusing readers more than
needs to be: It all sounds as if xpointer() had been perfectly fine
in the past, which is actually not the case.

How about this?

	The original edition of this specification [XMLDSIG-2002]
	referenced the XPointer Candidate Recommendation
	[XPTR-2001].  That Candidate Recommendation has been
	superseded by the [xptr-fwk], [xptr-xmlns] and
	[xptr-element] Recommendations, and -- at the time of this
	edition -- the [xptr-xpointer] Working Draft.  Therefore,
	support of the xpointer() scheme beyond the minimal usage
	discussed of this section is discouraged.

Thomas Roessler, W3C  <tlr@w3.org>
Received on Tuesday, 14 August 2007 16:44:15 UTC

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