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   Re: "Clean Specs"

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: "xml-dev@ic.ac.uk" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Feb 1999 09:01:25 -0500 (EST)

james anderson writes:

 > The difference between XML proper and "Namespaces in XML" is that
 > while XMLdescribes a code, for which the BNF suffices, the
 > namespace spec deals exactly with the relation between the encoded
 > representation and another domain. If there were a formal
 > description of this relation, then it would easier to understand,
 > easier to check for completeness and correctness and, ultimately,
 > easier to produce a conforming implementation.

I'm not certain that this is exactly right.  "Namespaces in XML"
describes a naming scheme that can enable a relation between the
encoded representation and another domain, but it specifies neither
the relation nor the other domain.

I'm going to try a very simple exposition in a separate message.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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