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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: "'XML Dev'" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 14:21:18 -0400 (EDT)

Tim Bray writes:

 > It is becoming painfully obvious that we need a general-purpose 
 > packaging mechanism to deliver an arbitrary number of related 
 > whatevers along with a piece of XML payload.  There has been a lot
 > of discussion about this around the W3C.  It may be the case that
 > multipart-mime provides a general solution for this problem (don't
 > understand it well enough myself to have an opinion), or perhaps
 > we need an XML Packaging Language to use for this purpose. -Tim

To start with, we need a hub document -- RDF would do:

  <?xml version="1.0"?>

  <rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#"

  <hub:Document rdf:about="http://www.foo.com/foo.xml">
  <hub:root rdf:resource="foo.xml"/>
  <hub:schema rdf:resource="document.xsm"/>
  <xsl:stylesheet rdf:resource="document.xsl"/>
  <msft:schema rdf:resource="document-xml-data.xml"/>


A client could download the hub first, then decide what else it needs.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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