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   Re: [xml-dev] Identify PUBLICID outside of dtd?

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At 2002-10-15 10:51 -0400, Chris Wilper wrote:
>I am convinced that the concept of a DOCTYPE/PUBLICID
>identifying a doctype is needed...

Many people (myself include) already are convinced.

I think the last time this was discussed publicly was quite a while ago ... 
from my records the thread begins here:


I cannot find the original XML SIG discussions where this was hotly debated.

>Is anyone working on defining something like this?

The idea of allowing a public identifier alone was shot down every time it 
was brought up.

I don't think we'll ever see a public identifier allowed alone ... we will 
always be required to supply a fallback system identifier.  According to 
XML 1.0 4.2.2 a processor may choose to use the public identifier first and 
only if it fails need it use the fallback system identifier.  For this 
reason I don't think the issue of allowing it alone (which is what I think 
you are asking for) need be debated again ... just use a processor that 
respects the use of the public identifier (and whatever mechanism it 
chooses to use for resolution of the public identifier) and you don't need 
to change the definition of XML.

I hope this helps.

.................... Ken

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