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Re: [xml-dev] annotations outside validation

Simon St.Laurent wrote:

> On Tue, 2001-11-13 at 08:21, Eric van der Vlist wrote:
>>>All this discussion of IDs is making me wonder if maybe it isn't time to
>>>consider creating a class of attributes which aren't considered for
>>>validation of any kind, DTD or schema.
>><!--    why not using comments    -->
>><?or even="processing instructions"?>
>>These are one of the few constructions which escape to validation (even 
>>though there is no reason why one wouldn't invent a schema language 
>>which could validate them as well)!
> Sure!  Those are good examples of the kind of flexibility I'd like to
> see.  The only problem is that there are no clear rules for how those
> items relate to particular elements or attributes.  
> Does a comment apply to the following element, the one containing it,
> the document as a whole, or none of the above?  The same issues apply to
> processing instructions used that way.

It may be missing in XML 1.0, but XPath and XML Infoset seem both clear 
(and consistant) on this point...



I think that it's their "out of band" and fuzzy style which 

is both their major quality and their major strenght!


> They're definitely quite easy to "sprinkle", however.

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