Re: suggest validator prefer URI to FPI

* Dan Connolly wrote:
>I'm interested to know if others find the arguments in
>persuasive or not; i.e. whether they agree with me that
>the markup validation service should prefer URIs to FPIs.

Two rather unrelated questions. The section you cite discusses good
practise for "web agents" when providing resources, not whether XML
processors should prefer system identifiers over public identifiers
when resolving external entities. If the Technical Architecture Group
intended to state such a preference in that section, or if you have
such a preference, a better place to discuss this would be the XML
Core Working Group.

The W3C MarkUp Validator is just one of many applications that have
a catalog system to resolve external entities based on their public
identifier, and most of these applications behave in my experience 
like the MarkUp Validator, I don't see what value it would add if we
implement different behavior. It fact, it seems rather unsound to me
to prefer an arbitrary network location over a clearly specified
formal public identifier to identify the document type.

Received on Wednesday, 4 August 2004 18:07:34 UTC