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   RE: Why the Infoset?

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  • From: Steve Rowe <sarowe@textwise.com>
  • To: abrahams@acm.org, XMLDev list <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 14:42:11 -0400

Paul Abrahams wrote:
> What is the purpose of the XML Infoset?  Is it mainly
> intended to enlighten implementors about what the abstract
> structure of an XML document is, or does it have some other
> less obvious uses?   Are there other XML specs that refer to
> it in normative contexts, i.e., that would be ill-defined
> without the Infoset?   The XPath spec refers to it in a
> non-normative context but that doesn't count.

From section 1.1 of the XInclude 17-July-2000 Working Draft [1]:

   [XInclude] defines a specific processing model for merging
   information sets.

From section 1.2:

   XInclude operates on information sets and thus is orthogonal
   to parsing.


[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xinclude

Steve Rowe
MNIS-TextWise Labs


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