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Re: Versioning MicroXML (Was: MicroXML)

  • From: Liam R E Quin <liam@w3.org>
  • To: Pete Cordell <petexmldev@codalogic.com>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 12:33:44 -0500

Re:  Versioning MicroXML (Was: MicroXML)
On Tue, 2010-12-14 at 12:13 +0000, Pete Cordell wrote:

> Taking ideas from various internet protocol negotiation schemes, can we 
> include a uxmldecl that includes a "require" attribute that lists features 
> the uXML parser must support.
> For example:
> <?uxml require="ns pi"?>

As soon as you do that your spec no longer defines a single language,
but 2^n languages, where n is the number of things you can write.
It really hurts interoperability.

Language negotiation lets the server choose the single preferred value.
So you only need n variants, not 2^n

You did go on to say,
> BTW - I think its important to agree that we are only looking for 3 or 4 
> widely implemented features, rather than 3 or 4 million!  If we have too 
> many then we lose interoperability.  Things analogous to XML namespaces and 
> xml:id that were added to XML after the initial release of XML are the sorts 
> of things we should be looking for.

so, so far you've listed 3, and I can easily see a dozen more happening.
lax error handling
processing instructions
namespaces, namespace path, external namespace definition files
microschema, microentitydefinitions... :)
mixed content and xml:space
and so on and so forth

Better to say, either use microxml or xml.

XML succeeded largely because of the XML Promise -- every XML processor
is licensed by the XML Specification to process any XML document.

I *do* think there would be mileage in a hook for later extensions,
e.g. reserving <µxml>...


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