Publication of W3C XML Fragment WG Requirements document

Paul Grosso paul at
Tue Dec 1 15:14:11 GMT 1998

Following the process being developed in the W3C XML Activity, the 
XML Fragment Working Group has just published its Requirements document 
as a publicly accessible W3C Note [1].

W3C working groups and recognized liaison groups are invited to submit
comments to the mailing list given in the document.  I am sending this 
notice of publication to xml-dev to advise interested parties on this
mailing list about the publication of this document so that more people
will be aware of our proposed work.  Both the document and the mailing
list to which comments are sent are public, and non-W3C members can 
submit comments.  While I encourage thoughful and concise comments from
members of xml-dev, please note that it is not feasible for all such 
comments to be explicitly acknowledged by the working group.  Also,
please be sure to read the documents and consider our scope before
making comments about what "would be nice."  (We purposely defined
a somewhat limited scope for our current work.) 

The requirements document is a living document, and the WG is responsible
for maintaining it in light of comments and further input it receives per
the XML Activity process.  For about a month after its publication, the 
WG will plan to process comments at its discretion, but on January 8,
the WG will specifically plan to do a "comment checkpoint" to address 
comments received up to that point and modify the document as appropriate.

All comments from W3C working groups and from recognized liaison groups 
must be considered at each checkpoint, but requests for changes and 
additions after the first checkpoint carry decreasing weight as the 
work continues.  In particular, basic design decisions should be 
reconsidered only when grave and previously unrecognized flaws are 
uncovered.  Requests for enhancement should typically be deferred for 
later versions of the specification under development unless the 
enhancement is uncontroversial and its incorporation would not 
materially delay production of the specification.

Paul Grosso
XML Fragment WG Chair


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