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Re: "Roots" of confusion introduced at W3C (shortish)

From: Michael Fuller <msf@mds.rmit.edu.au>
Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 19:14:24 +1100
To: xsl-list@mulberrytech.com
Cc: xsl-editors@w3.org, timbl@w3.org
Message-ID: <20000923191424.A27604@io.mds.rmit.edu.au>

On Fri, Sep 22, 2000 at 02:45:19AM -0400, AndrewWatt2000@aol.com wrote:
> When writing about XML and its family of technologies today is it possible
> to use a single, unambiguous term for each of the following two concepts - 
> 
> 1. what in the XPath Recommendation is represented as the "root node"
> (also referred to as the "document root") and 
> 
> 2. what the XML 1.0 Recommendation calls the "document element"?

[...]

> May I propose that the following be the standard terms:
> 
> For item 1. - "document root"
> 
> For item 2. - "element root"

I would suggest a slight variation on this:

For item 1. - "document root"

For item 2. - "root element"

With respect to the XPath date model, these two are
the "document root node" and the "root element node".

> I believe we do need some clear, unambigous, non-clumsy way to
> communicate these ideas across XML technologies.

Certainly.

Michael
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