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Re: WebDAV spec should explicit say WebDAV XML is not valid

From: Lauren Wood <lauren@sqwest.bc.ca>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 20:39:39 -0800
Message-Id: <199807240342.UAA26401@sqwest.bc.ca>
To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
On 23 Jul 98, at 19:04, Jim Davis wrote:

> And lest you have any doubt, the spec contains examples of invalid
> (although well-formed) XML.  For example the prop XML element is defined
> as ANY, and the  XML spec (section 3.2) says that ANY means "any declared
> element type", but in general, client properties will not have been
> declared in the DTD, hence this XML will be well formed but not valid.

The rest of the document could, however, be valid.

> It's also a pity that there's no way in XML (that I see) to declare an
> element's contents to truly be "any".  This would allow you to validate
> WebDAV XML in those places that mattered (e.g. propertybehavior) and not
> in those places that are open ended (resourcetype).  But this can't be
> helped.

This is one of those things that the (I hope) forthcoming work on 
schemas in XML will address. I certainly think it would be generally 
useful to be able to validate part of a document, and let the content 
model of the rest of the document be relatively open.

> It would be a pity if applications tried to validate the XML and rejected
> it.  We can forstall some confusion by stating plainly that the XML is not
> expected to be valid.  Of course this also makes providing the XML DTD
> somewhat pointless.

Not really, since the DTD is at least a guide for the rest of the 
document, and a sufficiently sophisticated application should be 
able to validate that part of the document that does match the DTD, 
even though it would not be able to validate the entire document.

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