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Re: spec-prod, xmlspec, docbook and Co.

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2001 12:05:15 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Eve L. Maler" <eve.maler@sun.com>
cc: <spec-prod@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0110211204590.27206-100000@tux.w3.org>
well, if we added some RDF into the document...


On Wed, 17 Oct 2001, Eve L. Maler wrote:

  At 01:13 PM 10/17/01 -0400, Norman Walsh wrote:
  >| > - XMLSpec has more "special purpose" elements (e.g., <specref/>,
  >| >   <bibref/>, etc.  where DocBook has just <xref/>).
  >| I would suggest to keep the XMLspec format here (and in general to always
  >| prefer the "special purpose" elements over a general element). I don't know
  >| about the XSL but the DOM generator is doing different manipulation
  >| on the element (specref, xspecref or bibref).
  >I tend to favor the other approach myself, allowing the link behavior
  >to be determined by the thing it points to. But I don't feel very
  >strongly about it.

  This isn't practical in the general case.  For example, how would you be
  able to tell, by looking at the thing linked to, that a reference to
  another W3C specification is normative vs. non-normative?  I realize that
  XMLspec currently doesn't make this distinction, but it's something that
  has been brought up a few times.

  The association may have semantics that neither of the endpoints has on its
  own.  XLink and RDF teach us this. :-)

  Eve Maler                                    +1 781 442 3190
  Sun Microsystems XML Technology Center   eve.maler @ sun.com

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