Re: XPointer architecture (Re: XPointer and XML Sche
Server-side XPointer processing would be extremely useful also; analogous at a higher level to the range specifiable in HTTP. It would be a nuisance to have to retrieve a 50MB XML document across the Web to a client in order that the client would extract 100 bytes using XPointer. When server-side XPointer is used to extract the fragment, the client must be able to specify something equivalent to a fragment ID or XPath or XPointer string, the latter when a range is desired and cannot be specified by a single XPath. Jeff ----- Original Message ----- From: "Eric van der Vlist" <vdv@d...> To: <xml-dev@l...> Cc: <www-xml-linking-comments@w...> Sent: Friday, July 19, 2002 2:18 AM Subject: XPointer architecture (Re: XPointer and XML Schema) > On Fri, 2002-07-19 at 05:01, Rick Jelliffe wrote: > > From: "Eric van der Vlist" <vdv@d...> > > > > In other words, a client never sends a request for a fragment! > > > > But that is not what I am talking about. HTTP is nothing to do with it. > > Yes and no, the architecture in which HTTP based XPointer is used is 3+ > tiers and I have focussed up to now in the interactions between the user > agent and the server only. > > Let's summarize and extend what I have learned so far... > > The architectures in which HTTP based XPointer are being used are (at > least) 3 tiers and the different actors are: > > - A user (human or not) > - A user agent (for instance a browser or an API) > - A HTTP server > > XPointer concatenate in a single string 2 information pieces: > > - the identification of the target document > - the identification of the fragment > > XPointer and HTTP make it clear that the identification of the target > document is an information to be used between the user agent and the > server and that the identification of the fragment is for the use of the > user agent only which must process the "fragmentation" of the document > by itself. > > This is a first point where we may agree or not, but I am afraid that > the couple "XPointer, HTTP" doesn't leave much latitude about the split > of the tasks between these 3 tiers.
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