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Re: requesting XML records

From: Jonathan Rowell <bigrat18@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 12:27:04 +0100
To: a.powell@ukoln.ac.uk
Cc: www-zig@w3.org
Message-ID: <F43Lz8dt59zLaIaW0zz0002701e@hotmail.com>

HI Andy!

All I was trying to ensure was that, when I ask for XML to be returned in 
some format, the data returned says what it is.

Currently when I query a Z.39.50 server I have to know the character set and 
data format. Indeed when I go to the Bavarian server on one port I get MAB2 
and on the other I get UniMarc - effectively two servers.

Now wouldn't it be wonderful that the XML data returned, which almost 
certainly will be in some character set supported by all parsers, I get an 
XML document which says "I am MAB2" or "I am NorMarc" or "I am USMarc21". 
The simplest and easiest way of doing this is to include a namespace 
(default) declaration.

I know what will happen if I get a DTD or Schema reference or nothing at 
all. Oh, they'll say, we're almost conformant with that, or, we changed that 
last week, or whatever.

If USMarc21 can do something like this, why not everybody else? 


PS: slim = Slim Shady?

>From: Andy Powell <a.powell@ukoln.ac.uk>
>To: Mike Taylor <mike@indexdata.com>
>CC: www-zig@w3.org
>Subject: Re: requesting XML records
>Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 23:27:17 +0000 (GMT)
>On Wed, 26 Mar 2003, Mike Taylor wrote:
> > I don't pretend to understand all the back-and-forthing of this stuff,
> > and you very probably have a deeper understanding of it than I do.
> > But what's clear is that the concept we're trying to capture in the
> > putative "give me an XML record in this schema" request is _not_
> > talking about getting back records "in a specified namespace" -- if
> > that phrase even means anything.
>I agree.  What is being requested is a record that conforms with a
>particular 'XML application'... and the application is defined by an XML
>schema, not by an XML namespace.
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