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RE: Possibility of an XML Document Type

From: Mike Dierken <mike@DataChannel.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 11:31:42 -0700
Message-ID: <8E864C73E16B864BB594712EDB3C89A002C7085A@belmail2.datachannel.com>
To: xml-dist-app@w3.org

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Noah_Mendelsohn@lotus.com [mailto:Noah_Mendelsohn@lotus.com]

> I would love to find some way to unify these models to the point where 
> applications that didn't care wouldn't be very dependent on the 
> differences, but there would also 
> be complexitities in trying to achieve such transparency.  
> In any case, I think we need to seriously consider supporting both 
> conventions.

Unifying the two - internal embedding or external - means making the
location transparent to applications. 
Since XML is a single-document format, linking to information outside of
that document requires more than (basic) XML technology - XLink, etc.
Andrew Laymans suggestion of splitting the encoding and the content type is
good - HTTP messages do this and it has worked well.

Maybe somebody with XLink experience can shed some light on how to reference
data within a document or outside in a transparent manner.

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