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XML 1.1 CR comment response for Harold-02

From: Paul Grosso <pgrosso@arbortext.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 16:02:46 -0500
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To: elharo@metalab.unc.edu
Cc: www-xml-blueberry-comments@w3.org

In response to your email to the XML 1.1 CR recorded at
the XML Core WG generated, discussed, and resolved the follow issue:

Issue Harold-02:
normalization in XML 1.1

Summary resolution: rejected

Regarding "Even if the document isn't transformed into normalized form, the
processor might still validate against the normalized form." This is not true;
the definition of match (unchanged in XML 1.0) is explicit:  Characters with
multiple possible representations in ISO/IEC 10646 (e.g., characters with
both precomposed and base+diacritic forms) match only if they have the same
representation in both strings. Regarding "parsers should be required to continue
processing correctly after encountering non-normalized text." While interoperability
is of great importance, the XML specification tries to allow leeway for various
processors to handle questionable input in ways appropriate to their designed
use. As noted, this is not the only place in the specification where such
flexibility is permitted. The XML Core WG has consensus on the status quo
wording here which leaves it open to implementations how to "report to the
application" in the case of input that is not fully normalized.

Please let us know whether you accept our resolution of our comment,
or wish to have an objection formally recorded.  If we do not hear
from you within 10 days we will assume that you accept our response
(though we would prefer to hear from you in any case if practical).

Thank you for your interest in the XML 1.1.

Paul Grosso
for the XML Core WG 
Received on Monday, 23 June 2003 17:04:50 UTC

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