Re: There is a meaning, but it's not in the data alone
On Tuesday 29 January 2002 09:37 am, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote: > Once upon a time, the element did but with a #FIXED value. > Since that was declared in the DTD, one could assume the > element didn't have to declare it, but that was before > well-formed only instances. Element-level is still not a hard requirement... just use a different peice of string to tie things together... like an external declaration of some form (an XSLT stylesheet might be one instance of this). > What is interesting to me is that there seems to be a > consensus emerging that AFs are useful and that some > progress can be made starting from that technology > toward associating semantics with XML instances. > It may be a modified design before all is said and > done, but studying AFs has value toward solving the > problem. Absolutely agree. When namespaces were first proposed, I was among the camp that believed (still do!!) that they did not belong in the core, and that AF-style processing is usually enough. A lot of good lessons can be learned from AF's. Alpha-renaming (aka namespaces) is useful, not necessary, and certainly doesn't need standardization, even now.
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