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  • From: james anderson <James.Anderson@mecomnet.de>
  • To: "xml-dev@ic.ac.uk" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 15:59:59 +0200

Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
> At 12:11 11/08/98 +0200, james anderson wrote:
> I have considerable sympathy with this request and suggest that if anyone
> on the WG reads this, they might consider pressing this inside the W3C.

sympathy is nice (thank you) - i'm more concerned with the legitimacy and
quality of the arguments in this forum and with the quality of the software
which i produce. of which the latter depends to some extent (at least wrt.
xml) on the former. thus my tenacity.

i am at a point where, should the present namespace wd eventually be ratified,
it would leave me no option, but to produce non-conforming software, if said
software is to function adequately. not because i am at odds with the drafts
goals, and not because there are inherent inadequacies in either namespaces or
dtd's, but because the present draft describes an encoding and suggests
implementation mechanisms which are incomplete wrt its own stated goals.
furthermore, for reasons which i cannot fathom, the draft simply stops short
of providing the basis for what would be sufficient mechanisms. (the initial
questions are up on xml-names-issues) 

XSchema's, XML-Data, and Document Content Descriptions may well provide
features additional to XML/DTD encoding at some point in the future. since,
however, the respective proposals either do not, at least in their present
versions, provide adequate support for the particular problem of
disambiguating names, or depend on the support of the base xml encoding, i do
not believe the arguments, to wait for these successors.

it is necessary to handle "name identity" in the encoding - that is in XML
itself. my experience is that it is also possible. if this is not true, could
someone please explain why it is not. if this has already been hashed out in
the mythical 2000 messages, then please just put them on the net.

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