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Dumb questions about PUBLIC IDs

I'm curious.  I don't see it in the XML spec, but are PUBLIC IDs really supposed to be in the form "-//Foo//Bar//Baz".   Is this an ISO format?  If so, where is it defined? 

The grammatical production "PubidLiteral" and its rules for space compression seem to encompass either a URI, the format above, and just about anything else you'd like to put in there.

Tool survey: IE5.5 won't display a file unless the PUBLIC ID is in the format above.  XML Spy doesn't care.  Expat doesn't care.  Xerces doesn't care.

Charles Reitzel

take it easy,
Charles Reitzel