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Re: MicroXML

  • From: James Clark <jjc@jclark.com>
  • To: Dave Pawson <davep@dpawson.co.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:39:55 +0700

Re:  MicroXML

On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 6:42 PM, Dave Pawson <davep@dpawson.co.uk> wrote:
On Mon, 13 Dec 2010 17:29:14 +0700
James Clark <jjc@jclark.com> wrote:

> I can definitely see advantages in this option.  I would summarise it
> as:
> - no colons in element or attribute names,
> - except that attribute names can start with "xml:";

What do you lose if you omit this?
reserved xml: xxx ?

I think it's a basic requirement to be able to use the built-in xml:lang, xml:id, xml:base attributes.  Note that XML already reserves element/attribute names starting with [Xx][Mm][Ll]. I would say it's nice feature that these built-in attribute names look different from normal attribute names.  I see no awkwardness and no difficult for the learner.

Use full XML 1.0 (no longer micro?)
What you gain, simpler parse, no exceptions for the learner?

> - there's nothing to stop you having an attribute called "xmlns", but
> MicroXML will treat it just like any other attribute

I.e. no exceptions, simplicity. A plus IMHO

> Big upside: guaranteed to be namespace well-formed; simpler.
> Big downside: some XML infosets cannot be expressed.

If you want that, go use XML 1.0

> I would be interested to know whether others also find this option
> preferable.

Lose the exception for me James.
Too little gain for more awkwardness.



Dave Pawson


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