Re: comment on XML 1.0 5th edition

Thanks for the reply.

> Please let us know if you are satisfied with our response.

Not really, no.

In particular I think that your assertion 

>  they referenced a dated version, in which case a new edition will not
> affect them, or they referenced the undated version, in which case
> they commited themselves to track changes made,

Isn't really a fair description.

I would say that they trusted, in making such a reference, that the W3C
would honour its commitments to keeping the specification stable and not
making breaking changes in place. You referenced a clause in the W3C
procedures that allows a WG to make changes that affect conformance, but
the procedures need to be written to cover any eventuality, it may be
that an original spec is sufficiently vague that it's impossible to
clarify it without breaking some possibly conformant
implementations. But that isn't the case here.

Could you answer a simple yes/no question, as to whether on the day the
5th edition is published  whether an xpath statement that uses xpath
with a "new" Name is conformant to the W3C specifications or not?

XPath2 references

World Wide Web Consortium. Extensible Markup Language (XML) 1.0. (Third
Edition) W3C Recommendation. See 


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