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In a message dated 25/10/2002 15:48:02 GMT Daylight Time, jcowan@reutershealth.com writes:

Like it or not, XML 1.0, like all W3C recommendations, is a living document.


I assume "living document" is a synonym for the dictum "Every word means what I say it means, no more and no less."? (after Humpty Dumpty, I think) With the additional mapping from the meaning asserted some time ago to today's fragile meaning. :)

It is one of the recurring problems of W3C specification documents that WG members take it to mean what they intended it to mean while the other 5.9 billion or so humanoids on the planet (or those who take the time to read the document) have to go by why what was stated - however badly phrased or structured.

Apart from the fact that we no longer know what a URI is, a namespace is, a version number is we also have the delightful lack of clarity as to what is an XML 1.0 element. Oh for those halcyon simple days when production 39 of the February 1998 version of XML 1.0 said it all.

Definition debate anyone?

Andrew Watt


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