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Re: Media types and simplified stylesheets

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 09:40:47 GMT
Message-Id: <200201210940.JAA03032@penguin.nag.co.uk>
To: distobj@acm.org, xsl-editors@w3.org
> Using the rules defined for the XHTML media type[1], this document is
> an XHTML document because the root namespace is the XHTML namespace.
> If delivered as either application/xml or text/xml, it might 
> reasonably
> be expected (see RFC 3023, Section 3, last paragraph) to process it as
> XHTML, not as XSLT.

I think that should include, in this case, processing  <xsl:value-of .

The modularisation of XHTML can only succeed if an agent which is
processing the XHTML is prepared to hand over control for elements from
another namespace. If a document with top level element being xhtml's
html contans svg elements in the svg namespace and mathml elements in
the mathml namepace then these will (probably) have to be processed (via
some mechanism) by some other process and the resulting rendering passed
back to the html agent for incorporation in the complete document. I
don't see that handling xsl instructions is radically different from

Of course if the agent receiving the document can't handle xsl then
tough, but the same is true of sending an xhtml+mathml document to
a non mathml-enabled browser.


[Note that I'm not on the working group, this is just a comment from
someone subscribed to the comment address, not a response from the WG]

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