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Request clarification of true intent for simple-page-master content model

From: W. Eliot Kimber <eliot@isogen.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 07:50:50 -0600
Message-ID: <3DE22ABA.5050204@isogen.com>
To: xsl-editors@w3.org

The content model for simple-page-master is a sequence group. However, 
there is no practical reason for it to not to be an AND group--there is 
no interdependency among the page region declarations and therefore 
there's no practical benefit to requiring a particular order of 
specification. This is the only sequence group in the spec that has this 
quality--all other sequence groups reflect practical ordering dependencies.

At the moment no known FO implementation enforces the content model 
constraints for simple-page-master and XEP's validator does not complain 
if it is not followed.

I'm wondering if my supposition that the Editors really did intend this 
to be an AND group in practice is correct and, if so, it would be 
possible to clarify this intent with a note to that effect. It would, I 
think, eliminate the possibility of annoying (but not tragic) Simon Says 
behavior on the part of some implementation that takes a pedantic stance 
on validation.


W. Eliot Kimber, eliot@isogen.com
Consultant, ISOGEN International

1016 La Posada Dr., Suite 240
Austin, TX  78752 Phone: 512.656.4139
Received on Monday, 25 November 2002 08:50:12 UTC

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