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Re: Netscape metadata submission to W3C uses XML

From: David G. Durand <dgd@cs.bu.edu>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 1997 13:29:45 -0500
Message-Id: <v03007803afc5ef1b734a@[]>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
At 9:35 AM -0500 6/12/97, Tim Bray wrote:
>  It needs
>namespaces, and the current draft uses the Layman syntax.
Oh? why couldn't it use architectural forms or other processing attributes.
I'm still waiting to see _any_ actual need for namespaces (as opposed to
desire for them), and I still don't see any notion of what validity means
when we can import elements into the middle of DTDs. We certainly don't
need namespaces to make working cross-DTD markup, or else XML-link wouldn't

I'm glad to see XML in use by Netscape, but I'm still waiting to see a case
for inventing and standardizing a whole bunch of new practice without
practical experience, or even an underlying theory of what is going on (and
with less than a month to go!) . In addition, throwing out the notion of
document validity seems a high price to pay for this

> Also it uses
>XML-link to link meta to data... gosh it's going to be nice when all
>these things stop moving so much and settles down.
>Anyone can look at the cover doc at w3.org; you need to be a W3C member
>to read the paper itself.  If you're not, Guha tells me that it's up
>at home.netscape.com somewhere, and I've also mirrored a copy at
>  http://www.textuality.com/sgml-erb/w3c-mcf.html
>Behind the HTML is of course an XML document, which needs a bit of
>cleanup but will of course be available in due course.  Anyhow this
>is a first draft that doubtless will improve with input from the
>W3C community.
>Uh, there will be feedback, but I genuinely at the moment have no
>idea what the appropriate venue is - that I think is a problem for
>Br'er Dan Connolly.
>Cheers, Tim Bray
>tbray@textuality.com http://www.textuality.com/ +1-604-708-9592

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