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Re: Transition request: first publication of WG Note "Associating XML Documents with XForms using the XML-Stylesheet PI"

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2004 10:50:46 -0500
To: www-forms-editor@w3.org
Cc: Steven Pemberton <Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl>, chairs@w3.org
Message-id: <87d5yvx76x.fsf@nwalsh.com>
/ Steven Pemberton <Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl> was heard to say:
| Working group: Forms
| Document title: Associating XML Documents with XForms using the
| XML-Stylesheet PI

I took a quick peek at this note this morning and I think it has a
couple of fundamental problems.

First and foremost, I think it's inappropriate to hijack the xml-stylesheet
PI to associate an editor with a document. An editor is not a stylesheet
except by the broadest of definitions.

Given that processing instructions are simple and cheap, what compelling
reason is there not to introduce a new one, such as "xforms-editor"?

Second, if the working group is determined to abuse the xml-stylesheet
PI, it strikes me that the type "application/xml" is way too broad for
the purpose. The type psuedo-attribute is the only way an application
can distinguish one PI from another.

How is an XForms editor more appropriate for "application/xml" documents
than any other imaginable kind of processing?

I humbly suggest that this note should be redrafted, ideally using a
different PI target but at a bare minimum using a more appropriate MIME

                                        Be seeing you,

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