FW: Arrgh! - FW: Call for unifying and clarifying XML 1.0, DOM, XPATH, a
[This is not my own posting - I'm forwarding this for someone who's stuck off the list until the OASIS transfer is complete.] From: Kevin Williams <Kevin.Williams@u...> >Here are the issues I have with Nils' comments: > >1. The Infoset is not the same as the DOM. The Infoset does not imply a tree >structure. The Infoset should never imply a tree structure, as it's intended >to describe the behavior of non-node-oriented processors such as SAX. >2. Attributes are different than other nodes. An attribute by itself is >meaningless - it needs to be associated with an element. Attributes are >unordered. I believe the W3C made the right call by making attributes not >children of the elements with which they are associated. >3. The term "information item" is a necessary one because of the overuse of >other synonyms (such as element, attribute, and so on) in the DOM >specifications. Information items are none of these. >4. Nils appears to be obsessed with terminology in the XML 1.0 >specification, which is significantly out of date at this point. The newer >drafts should be taken as the "official" W3C position - there's just not >anyone providing errata to the original document to keep it in line. For >example, the current way of thinking says that there's a Document node, >which must have exactly one Element child node. XML 1.0 says something >slightly different, but that's not important. > >While I agree that the W3C specifications can go a little heavy on the >jargon, I think that the way the specifications are constructed is necessary >and correct. The last thing we need is to see all of these different specs >munged together into one "unified" specification that limits the available >functionality of XML as it exists today. Perhaps Nils would be happier with >SML, with no pesky attributes to worry about... > >- Kevin > >Kevin Williams >Ultraprise Corporation (www.ultraprise.com) >Co-author, _Professional XML_ (Wrox Press) Simon St.Laurent XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed. Building XML Applications Inside XML DTDs: Scientific and Technical Cookies / Sharing Bandwidth http://www.simonstl.com 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/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Unsubscribe by posting to majordom@i... the message unsubscribe xml-dev (or) unsubscribe xml-dev your-subscribed-email@your-subscribed-address Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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