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Re: Request for Erratum to XML 1.0 and 1.1 Specs

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 13:10:36 -0500
To: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
Cc: Rick Jelliffe <ricko@allette.com.au>, xml-editor@w3.org, W3c I18n Group <w3c-i18n-ig@w3.org>, w3c-xml-plenary@w3.org
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/ Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org> was heard to say:
| On Tuesday, October 21, 2003, 10:48:24 AM, Rick wrote:
| RJ> Request for Erratum to XML 1.0 and 1.1 Specs
| RJ> ----------------------------------------------
| RJ> Rick Jelliffe, ricko@topologi.com, 2003-10-21
| RJ> I request the XML Working Group please consider the following erratum
| RJ> to XML 1.0 which should also apply to XML 1.1.
| I understand what your intent is ans why you suggest this at this
| time, but:


| RJ> "A non-validating processor may, at user option, imply definitions for
| RJ> all the character entities defined by HTML 4[1]. A document or entity
| RJ> for which definitions are implied is not well-formed. The processor must
| RJ> report a non-fatal error. NOTE: The document is 'not well-formed but
| RJ> processed'. Reliance on this feature by specifications is deprecated;
| RJ> this option may be withdrawn at some
| RJ> future time should it prove dangerous."
| Or simply not added in the first place.
| In my view, adding another XML conformance level below well formed is
| not an erratum. Its a major change to the language.
| Encouraging XHTML (and MathML) processors to deal with non well formed
| documents strikes me as highly dangerous and damaging; it could kill
| off the already precarious position of client-side XML and relegate
| XML to back-end processing only while perpetuating the 'non wellformed
| but looks a bit like XML' mess. Pages purporting to be XHTML are
| already the second highest type of non wellformed document. Lets not
| encourage this practice.

What Chris said. In spades.

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