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  • From: ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk (Henry S. Thompson)
  • To: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • Date: 18 May 2000 10:05:24 +0100

Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com> writes:

> The namespaces rec hardwires the prefix "xml:" to the namespace name
> http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace - until recently, if you dereferenced
> that URL, you got a nice helpful human-readable note saying "this namespace
> is for XML, go check out http://www.w3.org/XML and <a couple of other useful
> pointers which I forget>".
> Today, I went and looked at it, and there is now some sort of XML schema 
> fragment there which is unreadable in MSIE5 because of an IE5 bug, and 
> unreadable in the NS6 beta because there's no stylesheet.  Its function 
> seems to be limited to providing declarations for xml:lang and xml:space.
> I'm wondering if this is a step forward. -Tim

This is my 'fault', I guess, although it seems to me it's a problem
with the browsers you mention in the first instance.

I could remove the DOCTYPE statement, that would make IE5 happy.  Is
that a good idea?

I could add a CSS stylesheet (do you seriously mean that NS6 beta
won't display XML _unless_ it has a CSS stylesheet :-(, if you feel
like writing one.

I could move the schema, but that would break lots of _other_
schemas, including the schema for schemas, which depend on it.

Seems to me having something of mime type text/xml at the namespace
URI for XML is not something we should have to apologise for.

  Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
          W3C Fellow 1999--2001, part-time member of W3C Team
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	    Fax: (44) 131 650-4587, e-mail: ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk
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