URIs as IDs in ModSAX (was Re: ModSAX (SAX 1.1) Proposal) (fwd)
Daniel.Brickley at bristol.ac.uk
Wed Feb 17 16:30:07 GMT 1999
This and previous forwarded from an (accidentally!) off-list discussion.
To recap, the proposal is that SAX feature identifiers are typed as URI
(ie. superset of URLs and URNs) to give a globally managed namespace,
without associating additional semantics with those names.
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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 09:50:22 -0500 (EST)
From: David Megginson <david at megginson.com>
To: Dan Brickley <Daniel.Brickley at Bristol.ac.uk>
Subject: URIs as IDs in ModSAX (was Re: ModSAX (SAX 1.1) Proposal)
Dan Brickley writes:
> Here's a small proposal:
> > public abstract void setFeature (String featureID, boolean state)
> becomes public abstract void setFeature (URI featureID, boolean state)
> (or leave as String but with understanding that the datatype of
> featureID is anything that's a legal Web URI)
Yes, using URIs was my original idea, and I'm still very partial to
it; I've been using the Java-package-style names in my examples, but
I'd like to know what everyone thinks about the issue.
I'd prefer not the use the java.net.URL class, though -- I don't think
it buys us anything, since the URIs are not mean to be dereferenced.
> setFeature needs to be passed an identifying string that
> uniquely picks out some property. Rather than go with the
> pseudo-uri's in Java, it would be more in the spirit of XML
> and Web to use URIs. Using URIs is also more friendly towards
> non-Java implementations of the SAX API.
I'm strongly inclined to agree. Does anyone have a strong case
All the best,
David Megginson david at megginson.com
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