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Re: Dumb questions about PUBLIC IDs
- From: Norman Walsh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Fri, 04 May 2001 10:44:15 -0400
/ Charles Reitzel <firstname.lastname@example.org> was heard to say:
| 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".
No, there's nothing about XML (or even SGML) public identifiers that
required that format.
| Is this an
| ISO format? If so, where is it defined?
Public identifiers in that format are known as "formal public
identifiers" and they are defined principally by ISO 8879
| 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.
Anything that uses only the pubid chars is fair game after normalizing
| Tool survey: IE5.5 won't display a file unless the PUBLIC ID is in
| the format above.
That's a bug.
| XML Spy doesn't care. Expat doesn't care.
| Xerces doesn't care.
No tool should care.
Be seeing you,
Norman.Walsh@East.Sun.COM | The art of being wise is the art of
XML Standards Engineer | knowing what to overlook.--William James
Technology Development Group |
Sun Microsystems, Inc. |