FPIs as locators in XML-links ?

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Fri Aug 8 18:02:27 BST 1997

At 01:58 PM 08/08/97 +0200, Alain Michard wrote:
>I would be very interested to read some comments from SGML experts on the
>list, to help me understand the reasons why the XML draft specs
>exclude -so far- using Public IDs in links.

Two reasons, really.  XML-Link is designed specifically for use in 
the context of the Web, and on the the Web, things exist if they
can be addressed by URI's, otherwise not.

Secondly, whereas PUBLIC identifiers are very interesting and useful,
it is not the case that virtually every server and desktop in the
world comes with excellent free machinery to use them across the network,
which is the case with URLs.  -Tim

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