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I haven't had time to participate in this list for several years, so 
maybe only old-timers will remember me. I worked on the original 
definition of XML, and have been working on XLink and XPointer for 
the past several years.

I am writing to urge immediate action related to Xpointer, if you 
care about it.

Xpointer seems to be under imminent threat of being gutted. There 
appears to be a significant chance that there will be no XPointer at 
all, or only a drastically cut down one. Particularly endangered are 
the ability to have ranges of any kind, or any forms of addressing 
other than "bare names" or maybe child sequence locations.

I would urge anyone in the XML community who is interested in 
Xpointer's final approval with its current feature set to write 
immediately to the W3C comment list for Xpointer and Xlink:

Because this is a low-profile list, you may also want to comment to 
individuals within the W3C as well. I refer you to the web site for 
any addresses you may need.

If you read the archives, you may also be puzzled that the word 
within the W3c seems to be that XPointer is dead, given the very 
small number of negative comments submitted. [There's no denying that 
the one I found in quick scan of the archives for the last 4 months 
was very negative]. However, such issues are irrelevant at this point.

You _can_ have a positive effect by contributing comments urging to 
the W3C to accept the standard as is, or feature complete, but with 
conformance levels added. All such postings will be greatly increased 
in impact by testimonials about how you intend to use Xpointer, or 
are already using it.

I have had the sense that there are a lot of people waiting for the 
standard to be final before they proceed; if you are someone like 
that, speak up! or you may be waiting forever.

If you want Xpointer killed, you can of course relax, because it 
seems to be dying quickly.

   -- David
David Durand                    |  12 Bassett St.
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