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RE: [xml-dev] RE: Compelling use case for XML Catalogs?

On Mon, 2011-06-13 at 11:24 -0400, Costello, Roger L. wrote:
> XML Catalog only works if: 
>     - you have pre-knowledge of exactly what URLs will
>       be present in the XML (XSLT, XSD, RNG, SVG, etc.) 
>       documents that you receive/process

No. URIs that are not in the catalog file will continue to resolve as

>      - the XML documents will always contain the correct 
>        URL; there will never be any accidental or malicious
>        alteration of URLs

No. This is orthogonal. If you care about the identity of resolved
resources, use digital signatures.  It would be reasonable to argue that
(1) XML catalog doesn't cater for checking signatures;
(2) XML canonicalisation and signatures is intended for entire XML
documents and instance subtrees, and not for document type declarations;
however, you could treat an external document type definition as a text

Note that these issues apply to any HTTP cache mechanism, including
corporate filewalls.


Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/
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