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RE: treatment of ns prefixes by intermediaries

From: Matt Long <mlong@phalanxsys.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 06:38:04 -0600
To: "'Noah Mendelsohn/Cambridge/IBM'" <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Cc: "'David Fallside'" <fallside@us.ibm.com>, "'Martin Gudgin'" <mgudgin@microsoft.com>, "'Sanjiva Weerawarana'" <sanjiva@watson.ibm.com>, <xml-dist-app@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000001c2d293$9852bda0$b14f99ac@gulag>

Is the issue in relaying a header 'as is,' i.e., when a header is
processed by an intermediary then forwarded without modification.
However, if a header were processed, then modified and forwarded, it
would seem intuitive (to me) that preservation of the prefixes would not

Is that a fair assessment?

-Matt Long

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> Behalf Of Noah Mendelsohn/Cambridge/IBM
> Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 6:55 PM
> To: mlong@phalanxsys.com
> Cc: 'David Fallside'; 'Martin Gudgin'; 'Sanjiva Weerawarana';
> app@w3.org
> Subject: RE: treatment of ns prefixes by intermediaries
> > I assume that 'preserve' and 'reuse' are distinct,
> > i.e., that an intermediary is not required to 'reuse'
> > prefixes for inserted headers.
> I think Matt raises an interesting question.  We have the model (which
> I've always thought was a bit too tricky, BTW), that processed headers
> removed, but that possibly identical ones can be reinserted if the
> so directs.  Fine, but this means that each feature should specify
> the reinserted headers must preserve prefices.
> I think interop would be improved if we could basically say.
> "Specifications for such features SHOULD, when practical, ensure that
> infoset of the reinserted header conforms to the rules that would have
> applied if the header had not been processed."  I'm sure there's a
> lumpy way to say it, but I'm trying to give transparency to the next
> downstream node.  If A sends to B sends to C, then C gets the same
> regardless of whether B ignored or processed and reinserted.  Possible
> spec clarification?
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