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RE: [xml-dev] So maybe ID isn't a problem after all.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Bray [mailto:tbray@textuality.com]
> Sent: Friday, November 09, 2001 3:41 PM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: [xml-dev] So maybe ID isn't a problem after all.
> So where's the problem?  When you're trying to process an
> XLink/XPointer into something and the only thing you know
> about it is that it's XML. 

I'd like to use getElementById() in well-formed XML, or when processing
instances of a DTD I don't control but for which I "know" that a certain
attribute has unique values.  If I could easily slip in an id-ness
declaration out of band somehow, the DOM implementation will do a fair
amount of work for me that is tedious to do by hand. I'm not a heavy user of
XSLT, but I suspect that a similar use case exists for the id() function.