Re: Arrgh! - FW: Call for unifying and clarifying XML 1.0, DOM, XPATH, a
> >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. "This specification presents the information set as a tree for the sake of clarity and simplicity.." (verbatim, from Infoset, Last Call). "Tree" is a widely used term among computer scientists, logicians, mathematicians, and so forth. The quintessence of XML is that it's a linear syntax for labelled trees. (Other characterizations are possible, of course.) The tree view is the key to the superiority of CSS and XSLT as an abstraction mechanism over text-macro based markup languages (like TeX/Latex). >> I believe the W3C made the right call by making attributes not > >children of the elements with which they are associated. Quite possibly, but other nodes deserve some nomenclature as well, not ad hoc treatments. > >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. Would you call page numbers "page information items"? The information items are nodes in a tree (with ordereded and unordered children) and should be called nodes. | > >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specification, which is significantly out of date at this point.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. No, I'm concerned that DOM, XPATH, and INFOSET do not turn out to be essentially the same model. That would be a great shame. Better get it right than rush. /Nils 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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