EMBED and validation

Simon St.Laurent SimonStL at classic.msn.com
Mon Dec 1 15:38:28 GMT 1997

>From a DOM perspective, EMBEDded material will almost certainly not be
>considered part of the document tree containing the EMBED element.

I very much look forward to seeing what the DOM does (or doesn't do) with the 
EMBEDded material.  But is this an issue for the DOM in particular, or should 
the XML-Link spec give clearer direction about the nature of EMBEDded 
material?  Especially as some of the replies so far have said that an 
application _could_ include the EMBEDded material in the document tree _if_ 
the developer so chose - which opens the door to multiple interpretations in a 
large way.

And, of course, I can think of a considerable number of applications where it 
might be useful to be apply to apply the DOM to EMBEDded content without 
having to cope with a separate document tree. 

Sounds like fun.  For the applications I'm proposing, I'd like them in the 
document tree, but of course that isn't appropriate for many situations.  I'd 
really rather not see this prohibited, either - it would chop off an entire 
branch of XML development I'm working on.  Could be the price of progress. 
We'll see.

I guess what I'd love to see is another XML-Link attribute specifying whether 
to include an EMBED in the document tree or not - it seems to be the central 
issue around which this discussion has focused. Failing that, I'll look into 
Peter's proposals for XDEV, since they seem to address the challenges of 
multiple application behaviors directly - if they get implemented by 
application developers, of course.

Simon St.Laurent
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