Re: 2.1 a-d: Link Recognition by Reserved Attribute?

I do want to make XML, and XML linking stand on
their own, without normative references to ISO standards.

I'm not sure if that goal has any utility.  Whereas, 
gratuitous references are not useful, normative references 
establish a chain of authoritative information.  That 
does have utility.

David: If that is your goal, then what am I to make of Design Goal (3) 
"XML shall be compatibble with SGML"? What's more normative than "shall"?
More ISO than SGML? 

Len: I agree. The kind of work I do is long-lived. For the sake of the
integrity of my client's content, I want a stable reference point.
Normative references, warts and all, provide that.

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