Hi everybody, Some time ago there was a discussion on the W3C XHTML mailing list about the content type of XHTML fragments. That discussion made me wonder if it wouldn't be better to have a more generic solution, one that covers all XML dialects. I've read the W3C XML Fragment Interchange Candidate Recommendation, which I've never seen implemented (that may just be because I'm ignorant.) The specification seems verbose, and is therefore in my opinion unfit as a generic way of transferring XML fragments. What I think would be optimal is a simple, encapsulating root element in the XML namespace, such as this: <xml:fragment xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <li>Foo</li> <li>Bar</li> <li>Baz</li> </xml:fragment> Such a document could be sent with a content type other than */xml, maybe */xml-fragment. That would allow the receiving application to treat the document as a DocumentFragment instead of a Document (DOM-wise), which would make the insertion of the fragment much easier. Instead of having to extract the children of a received document and then insert it into the local document, one can just insert the received DocumentFragment. I hope that my idea of DocumentFragment corresponds to yours. I posted this message to xml-dev because I'd like to get some feedback, and maybe further develop this, though I'd like like to keep it as simple as possible. Cheers, Daniel Schierbeck : http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-html/2006Jan/0031.html : http://www.w3.org/TR/xml-fragment
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