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Server-side XPointer processing would be extremely useful also; analogous at
a higher level to the range specifiable in HTTP. It would be a nuisance to
have to retrieve a 50MB XML document across the Web to a client in order
that the client would extract 100 bytes using XPointer. When server-side
XPointer is used to extract the fragment, the client must be able to specify
something equivalent to a fragment ID or XPath or XPointer string, the
latter when a range is desired and cannot be specified by a single XPath.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric van der Vlist" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2002 2:18 AM
Subject: [xml-dev] XPointer architecture (Re: [xml-dev] XPointer and XML
> On Fri, 2002-07-19 at 05:01, Rick Jelliffe wrote:
> > From: "Eric van der Vlist" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > > In other words, a client never sends a request for a fragment!
> > But that is not what I am talking about. HTTP is nothing to do with it.
> Yes and no, the architecture in which HTTP based XPointer is used is 3+
> tiers and I have focussed up to now in the interactions between the user
> agent and the server only.
> Let's summarize and extend what I have learned so far...
> The architectures in which HTTP based XPointer are being used are (at
> least) 3 tiers and the different actors are:
> - A user (human or not)
> - A user agent (for instance a browser or an API)
> - A HTTP server
> XPointer concatenate in a single string 2 information pieces:
> - the identification of the target document
> - the identification of the fragment
> XPointer and HTTP make it clear that the identification of the target
> document is an information to be used between the user agent and the
> server and that the identification of the fragment is for the use of the
> user agent only which must process the "fragmentation" of the document
> by itself.
> This is a first point where we may agree or not, but I am afraid that
> the couple "XPointer, HTTP" doesn't leave much latitude about the split
> of the tasks between these 3 tiers.