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Re: [xml-dev] IDs without DTD/Schema , Is there a way ?

At 01:34 AM 25/10/01 -0700, Ronald Bourret wrote:
>There are only two ways to determine if an attribute is an ID attribute:
>1) From a DTD or XML Schema
>2) The attribute name is hard-coded in your application
>You cannot just look at an attribute and decide if it is an ID

Yes, and this is one of our really big outstanding serious
architectural problems.  It's really important for the 
workings of the web that an address such as 


have well-defined semantics.  If foo turns out to be XML, 
this is hopelessly underdefined.  At various times James Clark
and I have both suggested that we just brutally hijack the 
attribute name "id" and assert that it is of DTD type ID.

Other ideas have included using xml:id or having a reserved
namespace http://w3.org/xmlid or some such; any attribute 
associated with it is of type ID.

This one isn't going to go away.  -Tim