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  • From: "Lauren Wood" <lauren@sqwest.bc.ca>
  • To: XML-Dev Mailing list <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 12:29:40 -0800

On 5 Jan 00, at 20:47, David Brownell wrote:

> ... and constantly adding more functionality to it is the "bloat"
> to which I referred.  The point's been raised that some of the
> current functionality might well be completed, before adding any
> newer functionality.  (Everything DTD-related is incomplete, since
> one can't start with an empty DOM tree and add those functionalities
> without requiring proprietary extensions.)

That's what Level 3 is all about. If it has a theme, it's "filling in the 
obvious holes" such as DTD support, and load and save.

> There's a concept called "software layering" that I adhere to -- I'm
> sure you know it well.  Modules can use DOM without being bundled into
> DOM itself.  XPath can (and IMHO should) be such a layer.

The DOM WG has done its best to design the DOM to be usable 
as the basis for such layering. And, for example, MathML, SMIL 
and SVG are all doing DOM modules fo ruse on top of the basic 
DOM. XPath would be a module no matter who did it; the only 
question is who should do it. I personally think it should be the 
people with experience in the matter, e.g. it's the SVG WG doing 
the SVG DOM, not the DOM WG.


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