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Re: [xml-dev] MicroXML

On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 8:51 PM, Philip Fennell <Philip.Fennell@marklogic.com> wrote:

Unless Iíve missed something, thereís nothing here that would prevent MicroXML from being embedded Ďin-lineí in XML 1.0 is there?

Right, it's a subset.

I do a fair bit of work with XForms and XProc, not to mention XSLT, so the things that Iíd see as important are:

1) Can I embed fragments of MicroXML in an xforms:instance, an xproc:inline or an xsl:template?


2) Can I traverse the structure using XPath?

Yes. †If you are doing XPath 1.0 specifically for MicroXML, you might want to build the XPath data model a bit differently from usual (ie treat "xmlns" as an attribute), but that's allowed by XPath.

3) Would my XForms, XProc or XSLT processor need a specific serialisation mode?

There's the issue that empty elements are not equivalent to a start-tag followed by an end-tag in HTML5. In the context of XSLT, it's probably best to solve this with an HTML5 output mode.

Beyond those questions, from what Iíve seen so far, I can think of no reason not to use MicroXML as a light-weight data format but Iíd imagine Iíll still be using XML 1.0 + Namespaces for XForms, XProc and XSLT.

I would expect so.

After all, itís the data thatís more the problem than the XML languages we process it with, right?

Yes, it's always good to have data in a maximally simple and constrained format.


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