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   RE: [xml-dev] WD for Namespaces 1.1

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> From: Ann Navarro [mailto:ann@webgeek.com]
> Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2002 5:11 AM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: RE: [xml-dev] WD for Namespaces 1.1
> At 06:46 PM 4/3/2002 -0800, Michael Brennan wrote:
> >I think it's extremely doubtful that the W3C will completely 
> sever support
> >for DTDs.
> I would hope not -- it would break quite a bit of existing 
> and future work, 
> especially wrt: Modularization efforts, not just of XHTML, 
> but many other 
> languages, including hybrids being developed in other W3C 
> working groups.

Well, I can certainly the importance of supporting DTDs because of the
installed base of users. But DTD-based modularization has always seemed
inordinately clunky and unweildy to me -- especially when employed with
grammars that use namespaces. Maybe its just me, but I've never been able to
get used to this.

I'd love to see the W3C embrace a more robust approach to doing this sort of
thing, such as the RELAX NG-based approach to XHTML modularization that
James Clark has demonstrated [1].

[1] http://thaiopensource.com/relaxng/xhtml/


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