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   Re: <!NOTATION>

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  • From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • To: XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 10:32:30 -0500

Matthew Sergeant (EML) wrote:

> [Information from notations] doesn't appear (to me) to be any use
> to parsers.

If by "parsers" you mean narrowly what the XML Rec calls "XML
processors, you are quite right.  It is meant for the lowest level
of XML applications, just above the parser proper.

> It can be of /some/ use to custom parser code, but only when
> that code has prior knowledge of these notation definitions. And that's a
> shame.

There has to be such knowledge somewhere.  The model of "tag data
of a given type with a magic string" has worked well for MIME;
one advantage of notations is that they allow anybody to standardize
a type, not just IANA.

> Perhaps we need some standard notations?

We do.  Lay on, Macduff.

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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