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RE: On subsetting XML...

From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) <clbullar@ingr.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 09:01:24 -0600
Message-ID: <15725CF6AFE2F34DB8A5B4770B7334EEEACE2A@hq1.pcmail.ingr.com>
To: "'Norman Walsh'" <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>, www-tag@w3.org

Umm, Norm, if I and a group of like minded 
folks are determined to subset DOCBOOK 
(done all the time), should you be obliged 
to document and support those subsets?

I'm not sure why the SOAP WG is privileged 
to demand that.  SOAP is just another document type 
whether it has a DOCTYPE or not.  I concur they
can as all applications can, choose not to attach 
semantic value in their processors to some 
XML productions, but I fail to see why as 
Elliotte says, a semantic restriction should 
become a syntax subset of XML, supported by 
the XML core.  I see no evidence of a disaster 
in that direction.  I see some probability of 
a disaster if the code bases of core XML 
processors are forked to support the semantic 
restrictions of one or a few applications.

len

-----Original Message-----
From: Norman Walsh [mailto:Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM]

Honestly, that would be my preferred position in an ideal world. But
this isn't an ideal world and there's plenty of evidence that there
are user communities determined to subset. So I think the best
compromise for interoperability is to make sure there's one subset
they can all refer to instead of having eleven different ones.
Received on Friday, 17 January 2003 10:01:57 GMT

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