Megginson and XMLNews

Chris Lilley chris at
Sun Apr 11 00:01:01 BST 1999

Walter Underwood wrote:

> Why <lang> instead of an xml:lang attribute?

Hopefully the answer is not "because HTML did it that way".

> The ISO 8601 subset for <chron> is a different subset than
> the web profile of ISO 8601 recomended by the W3C. Any chance
> of changing to the W3C profile?

Particularly since that profile was submitted by Reuters, who do the odd
spot of news reporting and presumably it meets their needs.

> The <> element does not offer the date in a parseable
> format. #PCDATA is fine for the printed version of the date, but
> it also should be given in an ISO 8601 form (see above), and if
> I get to choose, I'd rather see it as an element than as an
> attribute.

I would rather see it as an attrinbute, and have the human-readable date
as content. And hope that some future schema syntax allows the attribute
to be declared of type 8601date, or something.

> Is there some reason why #FIXED wasn't used to make <a href="">
> follow the Xlink draft? That is:
>   xlink:form CDATA #FIXED "simple"

I use this approach myself; I define a couple of parameter entities:

<!ENTITY % replaced
  "xml:link CDATA #FIXED 'simple'
   show CDATA #FIXED 'embed'
   actuate CDATA #FIXED 'auto'
   href CDATA #REQUIRED ">

<!ENTITY % hyperlink
  "xml:link CDATA #FIXED 'simple'
   show CDATA #FIXED 'replace'
   actuate CDATA #FIXED 'user'
   href CDATA #REQUIRED ">

for the two most common, simple link, uses.

> Since <phonetic/> doesn't contain the thing it is a pronunciation
> of, should it always follow that thing? And should that be noted
> in the spec?

It would seem that there should be a container relationship; ideally, a
container with two children, one of which holds the text and the other
of which holds the phonetic (IPA) text.

This is similar to Ruby, which is of course hardly surprising.


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