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Re: Coordination of script in XHTML, SVG, and XSLT 1.1 (aka RDDL as a delivery vehicle...)

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Sun, 04 Mar 2001 10:00:22 +0100
To: Curt Arnold <carnold@houston.rr.com>
Cc: xsl-list@lists.mulberrytech.com, www-svg@w3.org, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <3av3at0229dqiitdikni11ucbc11fg62c3@4ax.com>
* Curt Arnold wrote:
>Maybe we could at least informally collect the requirements:
>1. Must be usable in XHTML, SVG and XSLT

It isn't IMO clear that xsl:script will make it into the recommandation,
see the petition at http://uche.ogbuji.net:8000/etc/no-xsl-script.xhtml
(which is currently unsignable, bcc to the page administrator).

Current implementations use a type attribute to identify the used
language. This attribute takes a valid MIME type. One major problem is,
that _there are no MIME types_ registered for common scripting
languages. I tried to change that and contacted several entities asking
for help. I had no success:

  ECMAScript => ECMA      => no reply
  JavaScript => Netscape  => no reply
  JScript    => Microsoft => no reply
  VBScript   => Microsoft => no reply

I raised this issue on some W3C mailing lists, Chris Lilley (W3C) agreed
that this is a problem and also mailed ECMA, but I assume he didn't get
any reply, too.

Finally, I emailed the Web Standards Project; they are not interestend
neither feel responsible to do anything about it.

With this in mind, the approach

>5. Behavior may be identified with a namespace URI

of defining namespace URIs won't be successful. Further, this isn't
sufficient. The Web requires MIME types for HTTP transactions; with
respect to intelligent content negotiation the named entities still have
to follow RFC 2048 (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2048.txt) and register
MIME types for the named scripting languages.
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