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   Re: an unfilled need

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  • From: David Brownell <david-b@pacbell.net>
  • To: Martin Bryan <mtbryan@sgml.u-net.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 09:37:13 -0700

Martin Bryan wrote:
> One of the techniques the XML/EDI community have been propounding 

vs proposing?  I'd be curious whether alternative approaches have been
examined, or what alternative techniques were discussed within the scope
of this particular approach.

>	is the use
> of namespaced attributes to point to semantic specifications using the XLink
> mechanism or an application specific mechanism. Basically the namespace of
> the attribute points to the rules for interpreting the attribute value and
> the value of the attribute points to the definition of the semantics that
> are to be applied to the element.

This doesn't require actually trying to fetch information identified by a
URI.  But it also leaves open the question of which level(s) of semantics
are tied to the namespaces in question.

- Dave

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