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Feature Manifest (Was:RE: Parser Behaviour (serious))

  • From: "Clark C. Evans" <cce@c...>
  • To: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@u...>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 23:50:48 -0400 (EDT)

Feature Manifest (Was:RE: Parser Behaviour (serious))
On Wed, 5 Apr 2000, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
> <?xdev externalEntityExpansion="mandatory" DTDResolution="optional"?>

This is nice. 

This might be going too far... but why not have a complete 
set of features; describing every assumption all the way down 
to what us SML-DEV people are calling MinXML.

Feature list:

  * mixed-content
  * attributes
  * pi
  * parsed-entities
  * ...

And then, a list of packages...

  MinXML       := { }   // that's right, the empty set
  CommonXML    := { attributes, mixed-content, ... }
  UniversalXML := CommonXML union { parsed-entities ,  ... }


Then; perhaps the W3C could approve something like...

  <?xml version = "1.1"
        base    = "common"
        plus    = "default-attribute-values"
        plus    = "processing-instruction"

This would say; this text uses all of the features
defined by "CommonXML" feature list, plus two
additional features.   If a text uses a feature
which is not there... it is now *explicit*


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