Re: The furore over PUBLIC
At 23:49 28/03/97 -0800, you wrote:
>It's catechism time again.
Very pretty, have you been reading Myles na gCopaleen?
>Q: Are XML public identifiers interoperable for Web delivery?
> No, they are not.
>Q: Why are XML public identifiers not interoperable?
> Because there is no agreed-upon mechanism by which documents
> identified with XML public identifiers can be delivered over the
Q:Why is there no agreed-on mechanism?
Because this is the first time large-scale SGML has been tried on
the net in this manner, so no-one's done it before.
Q:Why do we need PUBLIC identifiers?
To identify in a conformant manner the declarations of our documents.
Q:Do we need PUBLIC as the sole identifier?
No, on the contrary, URLs as SYSTEM identifiers will do nicely
for interoperability, as shewn.
You miss the point: we're not (_I_'m not) asking for pubids as the
sole identifier. A URL will do handsomely for interoperable Web
delivery -- the prime objective -- but I cannot use URLs to
identify the formal name of my DTD.
Ergo enforce SYSTEM but permit PUBLIC, QED. End of debate.