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What to do given both SYSTEM and PUBLIC?

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 13:33:59 -0800
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At 02:53 PM 2/11/97 CST, Paul Grosso wrote:
>> From: murray@spyglass.com (Murray Altheim)
>> dgd@cs.bu.edu (David Durand) writes:

Hmm, seems I was right - we do *not* have a consensus on this one.

The argument in favor of SYSTEM-first is that this is apt to
be quicker and cheaper (particularly if you assume that a PUBLIC id
usually generates a SYSTEM id).  

The argument in favor of PUBLIC is simpler; it has another level of
indirection, potentially some supporting catalog machinery; in fact,
can be considered to be in some sense of "higher value".

The argument in favor of saying nothing is that the right thing to do
is [existence proof in the debate here] not crystal-clear and may be

Any new arguments? - Tim
Received on Tuesday, 11 February 1997 16:35:02 UTC

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