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XML Information Set enters Last Call
- From: Paul Grosso <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2001 11:06:42 -0600
On behalf of the XML Core Working Group, I am pleased to announce
the publication of The XML Information Set specification Last Call
- XML Information Set (Infoset)
W3C Last Call Working Draft 2 February 2001
The Last Call review period ends 23 February 2001. Please send review
comments before that date to email@example.com.
Because there was an earlier Last Call, the XML Core WG would like
to point out that there has been a change in design principle for
the current specification. Please read the introduction carefully
where, among other things, it states:
[This specification's] purpose is to provide a consistent set of
definitions for use in other specifications that need to refer to
the information in a well-formed XML document [XML].
It does not attempt to be exhaustive; the primary criterion for
inclusion of an information item or property has been that of
expected usefulness in future specifications.
In particular, that means that inclusion in the Infoset was driven
more by the intersection of what other specifications needed, not
the union, and omission of something from the Infoset does not mean
that a particular specification (e.g., the DOM, XML Schema, XML Query)
could not define new infoitems and require that processors conforming
to their specification must support such infoitems. We viewed this
version of the Infoset as a "library of definitions to facilitate the
writing of other specifications" rather than a definitive universe of
all information in an XML document.
Specific feedback request
Though feedback is solicited on the entire specification, there
is one area where the WG did not have consensus and on which feedback
is particularly desired. Sections 2.16 and 2.17 of the spec define
cdata start and end marker information items. The WG could not reach
consensus on whether these two info items should be left in the spec
or deleted from it. These items having been in much earlier drafts
of the infoset (and the previous Last Call version), the chair ruled
that the status quo would hold for this Last Call draft and that
feedback would be requested.
See the following two publicly viewable comments (and any followup
that may appear in the archive) for position statements on this topic:
This specification provides a set of definitions for use in
other specifications that need to refer to the information
in an XML document.
Status of this Document
Though this specification has already had a Last Call review on an
earlier version , in light of the review and much discussion, the
XML Core Working Group has reworked the specification. The WG invites
public comment on this new Last Call draft. The Last Call period ends
on 23 February 2001.
Comments on this specification are invited and should be sent to the
public mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org. An archive is
available at http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-xml-infoset-comments/.
For background on this work, please see the XML Activity Statement .
This specification is a product of the XML Core Working Group .
See the XML Information Set Requirements  for the specific requirements
that informed development of this specification.
for the XML Core WG