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   Where have the element types gone?

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  • Subject: Where have the element types gone?
  • From: Eric van der Vlist <vdv@dyomedea.com>
  • Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 15:26:04 +0100
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It's probably foolish of me to send this email just before flying to 
Orlando, but having to do a presentation about namespaces (those of you 
who read French can download it as pdf [1] or word [2]), I have noticed 
that the element types which were playing a significant role in XML 1.0, 
which "disambiguation" has been the number 1 objective of namespaces in 
XML and which are playing a significant role in RDF have kind of vanished.

Let's remind the facts first.

XML 1.0 defines, out the scope of validation, element types as being 

"[Definition: Each XML document contains one or more elements, the 
boundaries of which are either delimited by start-tags and end-tags, or, 
for empty elements, by an empty-element tag. Each element has a type, 
identified by name, sometimes called its "generic identifier" (GI), and 
may have a set of attribute specifications.]"

[1] http://www.atica.pm.gouv.fr/XML/documents/vdv.pdf
[2] http://www.atica.pm.gouv.fr/XML/documents/vdv.doc
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml#sec-starttags
See you in Orlando for XML 2001.
Eric van der Vlist       http://xmlfr.org            http://dyomedea.com
http://xsltunit.org      http://4xt.org           http://examplotron.org


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