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Re: URL better than FPI

From: Murray Altheim <altheim@eng.sun.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 02:07:54 -0800
Message-ID: <38B10E7A.BA8B60F3@eng.sun.com>
To: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
CC: www-html@w3.org
David Carlisle wrote:
[...] 
> I agree, in an ideal world this would be true. But in XML as currently
> defined main point is that you _do_ need two: a canonical name and a
> system address (it matters not too much whether the canonical name is
> based on FPI or URI conventions)
> 
> XML does not mandate support for any particular catalog syntax or
> support for http. Thus if as Dan Connolly suggested XHTML mandated
> that all conforming XHML documents start
> SYSTEM "http://www.w3.org/....."
> or
> PUBLIC "xxx"  "http://www.w3.org/....."
> 
> Then the end result would be that many (perhaps the majority) of
> validating XML parsers would not be able to even parse a conforming
> XHTML document.
> 
> In a section on conformance you should restrict yourself to features
> that you know are available in a conforming XML system. Unfortunately
> that means for XML the _only_ thing you have available is to suggest
> editing the document so that the system identifier points to a copy of
> the dtd usable on your system. That means, if you want to also have
> a canonical name in the doctype declaration, XHTML has to use the
> only other available slot, which is the public identifier.
> 
> This is the main reason why I think XHTML has to use the public
> identifier, it is nothing to do with the merits of FPI versus
> URI, it is just to do with the lack of a mandated standard
> resolution mechanism for external identifiers.

Exactly, and much more succinct than I would have written. Thank you.

Murray

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Murray Altheim                            <mailto:altheim&#x40;eng.sun.com>
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