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Re: Updated public XSL (FO) Disposition of Comments document

From: Éric Bischoff <e.bischoff@noos.fr>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 04:40:05 +0100
To: Paul Grosso <pgrosso@arbortext.com>
Cc: xsl-editors@w3.org
Message-Id: <200302230440.06001.e.bischoff@noos.fr>

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Le Saturday 22 February 2003 23:46, Paul Grosso a écrit:

> >Okay with that, but it contradicts the spec then (perharps it's just a bug
> > in the spec) :
> >
> >At
> >        http://www.w3.org/TR/xsl/slice7.html#src
> >one can read :
> >==================================================
> >        7.28.7 "src"
> >
> >        XSL Definition:
> >
> >        Value:
> >                <uri-specification> | inherit
> >==================================================
> >
> >Please note that it does not accept a <string>, but an <uri-specification>
> Per http://www.w3.org/TR/xsl/slice5.html#section-N8794-Property-Datatypes
> a <uri-specification> is "A sequence of characters that is "url(",
> followed..." and <string> is "a sequence of characters".  Therefore, the
> spec is saying that <uri-specification> is a subset of the <string>
> datatype.

Well, a lot of other things are described directly or indirectly as "sequences 
of characters", including numbers (see the grammar productions). I don't 
think that '4.3' with quotes would be a valid <number> though.

Therefore, if <uri-specification> _is_ a subset of <string> as you say it, 
then in my honest opinion it should be explicitely said in the specification.

> I agree that the spec could be clearer in the area of property datatypes,
> but I hope my explanation clarifies how our response to your comment
> doesn't contradict the spec.

Yes, it clarifies a lot, thank you.

PS It would have been much easier for most implementors to make url( ) a 
regular function that produces a <uri-specification>, and you're done. I am 
still puzzled by the unnecessary complexities of the spec.

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