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   re: [xml-dev] Remembering the original XML vision

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david@megginson.com (David Megginson) writes:
>It is true that there is some useless cruft in XML that was included
>only for political reasons: public identifiers, notations and external
>entities serve no function that MIME types (or URIs -- sorry, Simon)
>and URLs couldn't serve, but we had to keep them in XML as part of an
>unwritten ceasefire agreement with the SGML old guard (*), 

Hmmm... I'm very happy about public identifiers this morning since I'm
writing a bit of code that uses Norm Walsh's catalog code to sort out
DTDs (must... have... entities) in documents with lots of different
system identifiers but shared public identifiers.

Sure, that could have been URIs, but how many layers of those do we

I will, of course, admit that it's taken me five years to find a problem
I'm solving thanks to public identifiers!

Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!
http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org


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