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   Re: [xml-dev] The subsetting has begun

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On Monday 24 February 2003 10:10 pm, Mike Champion wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Feb 2003 00:49:31 +0000, Bill de hÓra <bill@dehora.net> wrote:
> > Sure thing. But we'd be all well served not muddying XML with XML
> > Infosets.
> For better or worse XPath/XSLT and DOM dumped a lot of mud into the water
> very shortly after the XML 1.0 syntax spec came out. 

That's true, but the important thing is to not be *blinded* by those 
specifications. The API's and models that are part of those specifications 
are necessarily tied to XML syntax to a large degree. 

> But it seems to me that if you want to toss out all the flavors of 
> Infosets, the XML party is pretty much over for the vast majority 
> of users.

Here's the point: if you have a plurality, then standardising one in a syntax 
specification doesn't buy you much. When I said "toss the infoset", I meant 
out of XML-SW. I'd say make XML-SW as close to a pure syntax specification as 
possible, and move other stuff out of the core. XML-SW - infoset - xml:space 
- xml:lang - xml:base is pretty close to syntax-only.


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