RE: EMBED and validation
>No; it's not part of the document; it's a hyperlink to something >completely different; there's no reason to expect what it points at >to be XML. -Tim While there is no reason to expect the target to be XML (which I strongly approve of), I have to wonder what's supposed to happen if the target _is_ XML. If the target is another complete XML document, including a document type declaration, then I can see the wisdom of parsing it separately and keeping it separate. If the target is XML but not a complete document, for instance a set of elements returned by a reference using XPointers, I'm not sure about what the application should do. Is the application supposed to treat this chunk as (hopefully) well-formed XML in a separate parsing process? Would it be legitimate for an application to fold EMBEDded chunks into the document containing the link for purposes of styling in particular but also validation in certain circumstances? Many situations will arise in which EMBEDded content needs to be styled, but the chunk of XML referenced by the link contains neither document type declaration or styling information. My instinct is to be as conservative as possible and make sure that all XML chunks EMBEDded by a link could be folded into the linking document without making it invalid, but this is a more radical constraint than I expect most developers would like. Leaving this behavior up to the application is probably the only course available at present, but I suspect this practice may lead to considerable chaos. XML-Link has opened up realms of capability that go far beyond those provided by entities and notations, and I look forward to using them. Simon St.Laurent Dynamic HTML: A Primer / XML: A Primer (January) / Cookies (February) 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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