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RE: XML within XML - includes, transcludes, whatever

From: Sean McGrath <sean@digitome.com>
Date: Wed, 01 Nov 2000 19:42:06 +0000
Message-Id: <4.3.2.7.0.20001101193521.00c39890@mail.digitome.com>
To: xml-dist-app@w3.org
At 12:59 PM 11/1/00 -0500, Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:

>  In other words, read in the XML as a well-formed
>document, then apply validation to the bits you care about. The only
>thing you'd have to be a little careful of was namespaces.

Validating the bits you care about and ignoring the (well formed) bits
you don't is a very powerful idea. DTDs specifically disallowed this
sort of thing as validating parsers have to barf on occurences
of elements with undeclared element types. Having
said that, I remember using a version of msxml that had this
behavior...

Also, I seem to remember that Open Financial
Exchange of pre-history had the same idea. I think it is a great way of
retaining the interoperability benefits that validation provides
but remaining robust in the face of change. Not to
mention encouraging diversity and innovation and other
fundamentally good things.

Sean
Received on Wednesday, 1 November 2000 13:44:00 GMT

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