Re: Response to Simon St.L. on Entities v. XLL
At 14:24 30/11/97 -0800, David G. Durand wrote: [...] >I don't understand why (if you are putting the information in the >source document) you don't simply use NOTATION, which works very well >with XLL without the need to invent your own private attribute convention. >SGML entity declarations allow the association of a type with a >destination in the source document. Untyped XLL links should only be >used in cases (and they exist) where the HTTP MIME type information is >preferable to static in-document declaraions. I'm obviously missing something very fundamental here. If I have a document foo.xml on my file system and it contains: <FOO>Plugh! Y2?</FOO> that's all. What sort of file is it? It is not self identifying. However it's a legal XML file. Suppose I know that and I want to process it as XML, I need to be able to tell software that it is XML. If we tell the software that it is of type "text/xml" this is understood by millions of browsers over the world. If I refer to it by: <!NOTATION XML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XML Version 1.0//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-xml-971117"> then I do not know any software in the world that will work out what the file type is. My point is that browsers and mailers use MIME types. They don't use FPIs. Unless the file includes its own MIME type, how do I find the MIME type of a file using NOTATION, especially when the file is not on a server but on local filestore? I can't see the objection to telling software what the MIME type of a file is :-) P. > > -- David------------------------------------------+---------------------------- >David Durand dgd@c...| david@d... >Boston University Computer Science | Dynamic Diagrams >http://www.cs.bu.edu/students/grads/dgd/ | http://dynamicDiagrams.com/ > | MAPA: mapping for the WWW > Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic net connection VSMS http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vsms, Virtual Hyperglossary http://www.venus.co.uk/vhg xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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