Re: Re: determining ID-ness in XML
Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote: > OK, one more time since people keep failing to hear this. I would > never tell a bank that. If they don't want to change their DTDs, > that's perfectly OK with me. They can stick with their existing > documents and DTDs if these meet their needs. Nobody has to change if > they don't want to. What if they do want to but are not able to? I'm not being deliberately obtuse - I just don't buy the idea that this is a simple matter of choice. You seem happy to marginalise the largest and most complex XML implementations (since they'd be the hardest to change) - I'm not satisfied that's the right thing to do. There's no point in telling me over and over that they should just update the DTD. They can't. > In this case, they don't get to use > xml:id/xlink:label in their valid documents. That's fine. We are > *not* trying to come up with a solution that works for those > unwilling to make any change to what they're doing now. In fact, such > a solution is impossible. No it isn't - the use of a PI does exactly that. If they're able to use it, they do. If they're not, they don't. Either way, nothing gets broken. > You should also realize that whether we pick a processing > instruction, an internal DTD subset, or just about anything else, > none of this will work for organizations that are not willing to > update their software and systems to take advantage of the new > semantics of whatever is eventually defined, and that's OK too. Sure, I realise that, but at least that offers them the chance to buy in. -- Regards, Marcus Carr email: mrc@a... ___________________________________________________________________ Allette Systems (Australia) www: http://www.allette.com.au ___________________________________________________________________ "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Einstein
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