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Enabling/improving 'follow your nose' from XML

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:59:33 +0000
To: public-xml-core-wg <public-xml-core-wg@w3.org>, www-tag <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <f5bob57p8l6.fsf@troutbeck.inf.ed.ac.uk>
The draft of 3023bis, the proposed new media type registration for the
XML media types, beyond the formal obligatory statement that the XML
spec itself is the "published specification", includes (only) the
following paragraph about the application-level semantics of XML

  An XML document labeled as application/xml or text/xml, or with a
  '+xml' media type, might contain namespace declarations,
  stylesheet-linking processing instructions (PIs), schema
  information, or other declarations that might be used to suggest how
  the document is to be processed. For example, a document might have
  the XHTML namespace and a reference to a CSS stylesheet. Such a
  document might be handled by applications that would use this
  information to dispatch the document for appropriate processing.

This paragraph notably fails to include bibliographic references to
the XML Namespace specification, or the XHTML specification, or the
XML Stylesheet Processing Instruction specification, or the (draft)
XML Processor Profiles specification.

Should it do so?  If so, should it attempt to be exhaustive, or should
it say something more along the lines of "There are lots of relevant
specs out there, here are some strategies you might use to find them"?

       Henry S. Thompson, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
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