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Re: Status of XMLSpec and related materials

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 10:46:31 -0500
To: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Cc: spec-prod@w3.org
Message-id: <87y8g28alk.fsf@nwalsh.com>
/ Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org> was heard to say:
| I would like to know what is the status of XMLSpec materials. I have
| seen on the page the XML Spec Schema and stylesheets [1] page that the
| last version of the material is numbered 2.8 on Feb 2004 [2]
| I see also that it seems Norman Walsh is in charge of this document. I
| was wondering if the development too?

Yes, I'm mostly the one doing the work.

| It seems there's no recent tutorial for XMLSPec [3] and there's no
| "fake" document as a test suite to show the input markup and the
| output markup.

True. Eve last did proper documentation years ago and there's been
drift since then. Alas, there are only so many hours in the week.

| My questions/comments:
| 	- I am inclined to help on the XHTML output of XMLSpec (I'm
| not a top-gun XSLT creator but I have notions and at least for XHTML
| markup semantics I have very good knowledge)

Ok, but do so by editing the *HTML* stylesheet. The XHTML version is
automatically generated from that.

| 	- I proposed to rewrite the tutorial if it seems necessary or
| at least to update it.


| 	- I proposed to create a fake document covering all cases of
| XMLSpec, and that will constitute a kind of test suite for the style
| sheet.

That would be good too. Note, however, that lots of folks who use
XMLSpec wind up writing their own extensions.

| Does it seem reasonable or am I putting my feet in the plate of
| someone else?

I'm happy for the help. If you are going to make significant markup
changes, please float them first so we can chat about it. There is a
fair amount of legacy. :-)

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM / XML Standards Architect / Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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