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   Re: [xml-dev] Invalid XML (rant)

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To quote another thread, "Unfair!".

Part 1 of the W3C XML Schema REC tried very hard to untangle the
'element'/'element type' confusion inherited by XML from SGML, by
always using 'element declaration' for the thing you validate with,
and 'element information item' for the thing you validate.  I count 6
places in the spec. where 'element item' was used inadvertently
instead of 'element information item' (hundreds of uses), and I'm very
embarrassed by that, but you are the first to point it out, and it
will be fixed with an editorial erratum/corrigendum as soon as I can
manage it.

'Element information item' is taken from the XML Infoset REC, and is
both well-defined and, I hope, clear in its intended use.  'Element
declaration' is of course defined in the REC itself.  'Element' is never
(should not be) used by itself, precisely for the reason you state,
that it's not clear what is meant by it.

 Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
                     Half-time member of W3C Team
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