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Re: [ACTION-4] Re: W3C TAG Response to CURIE Last Call (PR#8055)

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 18:54:20 +0100
To: www-html-editor@w3.org
Cc: "Shane P. McCarron" <shane@aptest.com>
Message-ID: <f5bbpxka0j7.fsf@hildegard.inf.ed.ac.uk>

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I've looked through the new draft [1], and without prejudice to any
official TAG response, I have one remaining personal issue.

I see that you have clarified the syntax so that it is clear that
e.g. :foo is a valid CURIE.  But the discussion of what IRI a CURIE
represents doesn't respect the distinction you are depending on wrt
'foo' vs. ':foo', namely "default prefix" versus "default namespace"
(which is pretty obscure, it has to be said -- do you really _have_ to
do this?  It blows the syntactic parallel between element
names/attribute names/QNames and CURIES. . .).

In particular, no mention of default namespace is made in the crucial
paragraph (the one which begins "CURIEs are an abbreviation for
strings").  I suggest you separate out and promote the definition of
the mapping, for instance give a three-bullet quasi-formal
specification of the CURIE->IRI mapping, possibly twice (once for XML
languages and once for non-XML languages), _before_ this paragraph,
possibly in its own sub-section.

ht

[1] http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/2008/ED-curie-20081008/
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