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   Re: finalising org.sax.xml.Parser

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  • From: "Michael Kay" <M.H.Kay@eng.icl.co.uk>
  • To: "David Megginson" <ak117@freenet.carleton.ca>, "xml-dev Mailing List" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 11:56:04 -0000

>Would anyone prefer _not_ to see public IDs, then?

I'm not fundamentally opposed to them, but I can't see much point in them
either. The XML spec defines no semantics for a public identifier and we are
left to guess that it might have a similar meaning to a similar construct in
SGML. They are one of the bits of SGML legacy which should have been taken
out. As they're in XML it might make sense to support them in SAX: the
problem is that if you do so, you have to say what they mean.

(Actually system identifiers aren't very well explained either: we are told
they are URI's and there's no definitive statement of what a URI is. The
difference is that most readers can guess).

Mike Kay

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