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suggestions for XML Schema 20010330

From: Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 00:18:32 -0700
Message-Id: <p05010400b6fb0540b7a7@[]>
To: www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org
These are minor suggestions for the XML Schema Proposed Recommendation

Is it possible to use the same colors in all three parts? #bedce6, the
table background color used in Parts 0 and 2 looks nice with W3C's
style sheet but turns light purple in 8-bit. #e6eff4 would give much
the same effect and turns gray in 8-bit. Or, use #80ffff like Part 1 or
#99ffff as some XML-related W3C specs do.

components.jpg in Part 1 is 272k. Instead of a JPEG, what about PNG
and GIF (112k)?

I am told that hex is more widely supported than rgb. For example,
     .termdef {color: rgb(133,0,033)}
could read:
     .termdef {color: #850021}

The chevron or "left-pointing double angle quotation mark" formerly
known as the left pointing guillemet, is a quotation mark rather than
an arrow sign, from what little I know. In Part 1, could you use
triangular GIFs and PNGs for arrows? For an example in a W3C
Recommendation, see http://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/#Guidelines .

<a href="#key-sampledef" class="termref"><span
class="arrow">&#9654;</span>term</a> is apparently intended to yield an
arrow prefixing each term. With no special fonts installed I see:

IE 5.5            Windows ME*    missing character box
NS 6.01           Windows ME*    missing character box
Amaya 4.3.2       Red Hat 6.1*   question mark
iCab 2.4          Mac OS 9.0.4   cent sign _plus_ a
                                    Latin small letter f with hook?
NS 6.01           Mac OS 9.0.4   question mark
NS 4.77           Mac OS 9.0.4   question mark
Opera 5.0tp2.278  Mac OS 9.0.4   question mark
IE 3.01a          Mac OS 9.0.4   curved stem paragraph sign or a pilcrow**
IE 4.01 and 4.5   Mac OS 9.0.4   question mark
IE 5.0            Mac OS 9.0.4   curved stem paragraph sign or a pilcrow**
Mozilla 0.8.1     Mac OS 9.1     question mark
iCab 2.4          Mac OS 9.1     green "black right-pointing triangle"!
OmniWeb 4.0cf3    Mac OS X       green "black right-pointing triangle"!
                  *in emulation  **sometimes a question mark

Is it possible to use a Latin 1 encoding rather than UTF-8, and a
character instead of &#9654; that most browsers can render (perhaps
&middot;) or skip the symbol prefix altogether?

The parts need to be broken into chapters for people who need them,
with the one page version offered as an option for people who want it.
If this is not possible for the Recommendation, then I hope you will
consider it for the next version. To illustrate, MacLynx on Mac OS
9.0.4 froze with the error "Memory exhausted! Program aborted!" MacIE
3.01a through 4.5 will not load Part 1 or 2 in their shipping memory
partition. These documents can tie up a machine for 15 minutes and best
case early MacIEs fail with the error "The attempt to load
'http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/PR-xmlschema-2-20010330/' failed." Worst
case after failing to load the page, they require the user to force
quit and reboot.

Also, Part 0 could be 20% smaller run through Tidy with indentation
turned off; see http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett/tidy/ .

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/PR-xmlschema-0-20010330/
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/PR-xmlschema-1-20010330/
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/2001/PR-xmlschema-2-20010330/

Best wishes for your project,

Susan Lesch - mailto:lesch@w3.org  tel:+1.858.483.4819
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) - http://www.w3.org/
Received on Thursday, 12 April 2001 03:18:38 UTC

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