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Composition: Designing Recommendation

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 20:38:28 -0400
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I had forgotten to send that a few weeks ago

Composition by Micah Dubinko

A quote

In the realm of standards, both derivation and composition take  
place. Derivation might occur when one specification forms an  
extended subset of another—almost always a sign that something has  
gone horribly wrong. At a basic level, though, composition happens  
all the time in the normal course of producing specifications. A look  
at the XML 1.1 specification shows eight "normative" references,  
including the Unicode specification, which forms the basis for much  
of XML's interoperability.

Designing an XML vocabulary is a special case of producing a  
specification. Despite XML Namespaces finalization more than five  
years ago, architects are still uncovering trouble in applying  
composition in XML, more commonly referred to under the banner  
"compound documents." The first to look at this week is a revision to  


Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
W3C Conformance Manager
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