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   Re: SAX and delayed entity loading

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  • From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • To: XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 03 Dec 1998 17:07:27 -0500

W. Eliot Kimber wrote:

> 1. The same effect can be provided by supertype data content notations
> (using data attributes, which XML doesn't support)


	"Blast and damn [the people who kept data attributes out]!
	May they all suffer from elephantiasis, locomotor ataxy,
	and ingrown toenails!"
		-- _Murder Must Advertise_ (somewhat repurposed)

> 2. having only two levels of typing seems either insufficient or
> unnecessarily limiting.

Not so.  MIME types may have more than two levels, but must have
at least two, and the requirement for creating a new top-level
type is stringent.

> 3. It assumes that the resource is something for which distinctions like
> text or not-text are even relevant.  It may not be, because the data type
> may be entirely abstract (like an SGML architecture or grove construction
> process).

MIME types are a syntax standard: they tell you how to interpret
an octet-stream as something or other: currently, a picture, a sound, a
character stream, a video stream, application-specific data,
a model of a physical object, a message, or an aggregate of
one or more of these things.

John Cowan	http://www.ccil.org/~cowan		cowan@ccil.org
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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