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Elliotte Harold <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>> You have a place in your XML document type for (e.g. hex-encoded)
>> BLOBs to be included or referenced. Each BLOB in turn should be an
>> encoding of something using one of a delimited set of more-or-less
>> standard encodings. You want to allow or require document authors to
>> signal which encoding they're using.
> How do notations improve on, for example, <data mime:type="image/jpeg"
> href="somefile.jpg"/>? Normally I like additional layers of
> indirection, but the NOTATION indirection has never seemed all that
> useful. What am I missing?
Not much. The benefits I see are
* some modest additional enforcement (your NOTATION-typed attributes
have to name declared Notations);
* some modest documentation/semantics support, in the form of the
System and Public IDs in the referenced Notation;
* some modest functional specification for free, i.e. the fact that
the NOTATION-typed attribute applies to its element's content.
Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
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