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   Re: [xml-dev] There is a meaning, but it's not in the data alone

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On Tuesday 29 January 2002 09:37 am, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Once upon a time, the element did but with a #FIXED value.
> Since that was declared in the DTD, one could assume the
> element didn't have to declare it, but that was before
> well-formed only instances.

Element-level is still not a hard requirement... just use a different 
peice of string to tie things together... like an external declaration 
of some form (an XSLT stylesheet might be one instance of this).

> What is interesting to me is that there seems to be a
> consensus emerging that AFs are useful and that some
> progress can be made starting from that technology
> toward associating semantics with XML instances.
> It may be a modified design before all is said and
> done, but studying AFs has value toward solving the
> problem.

Absolutely agree. When namespaces were first proposed, I was among the 
camp that believed (still do!!) that they did not belong in the core, 
and that AF-style processing is usually enough. A lot of good lessons 
can be learned from AF's.

Alpha-renaming (aka namespaces) is useful, not necessary, and 
certainly doesn't need standardization, even now. 


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