Attributes with Intent (and namespaces)

MURATA Makoto murata at
Wed Jun 17 07:27:02 BST 1998

Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
> Thanks for the reply.  My main concern is with how 'inheritance' is
> *implemented*. 

I have a related concern, and I am afraid that I have not made it clear.  
Let me try again.

In another mail, you wrote:

> It is trivial (using any sort of search tool) to identify those parts of
> the document which are CML information components. The prefix/ns mechanism
> does this even if the prefix is not 'CML'. 

Suppose an article consists of hypertext and metadata.  The hypertext 
portion contains the metadata as a subordinate structure.  If we allow 
xml:lang to be inherited from the hypertext to the metadata, programs (e.g., 
search enginges) that are interested in only metadata have to examine 
the hypertext portion as well.  Yes, this is not a big deal, but  
this is undesirable.  Since the metadata is very likely to be 
created by some software that concentrates on metadata, inheritance of 
xml:lang from the hypertext portion is unlikely to be exploited.

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