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Re: XLink 1.1: xlink:href requirements

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2006 12:20:12 -0500
To: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Cc: www-xml-linking-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <87u0b0h73n.fsf@nwalsh.com>
/ Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net> was heard to say:
| Did the TAG, XCG, HCG, and I18N Core WGs review this definition?

No, because the changes are entirely editorial. Strings such as

  http://www.example.org/Some Path To/Somefile(1)

have always been allowed in XLink href attributes and have always been
allowed in XML system identifiers. The changes that we're making are
purely editorial.

| Why is
| this put in the XLink 1.1 draft rather than a more appropriate place?

Historically, it was introduced in XLink 1.0 and has been referenced
From several other specifications. We agree that XLink is a strange
place for this text. So, in fact, our plan is to migrate this text
into a more reasonable place (e.g., XML 1.0 4e). That's why 5.4.1 is a
seperate section. When it finally does appear in a "better place",
we'll use an erratum to remove 5.4.1 and point to it in the "better

It'll take time to get the text into a better place and we'd like to
finish XLink before that occurs, so we're leaving it where it has
always (historically) been for the time being.

| I don't think it's a good idea to encourage silent error recovery here,
| nor does it seem to be a good idea to allow the space for these general
| purpose "XML resource identifiers" since that precludes use e.g. of
| "space-separated lists of XML resources identifiers".

Only in those places where they have *never been allowed*. There's
nothing about these changes that will have any impact on
space-separated lists of URIs like xsi:schemaLocation.

Does that make sense? With these considerations in mind, are you
satisified with this resolution?

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM / XML Standards Architect / Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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