Streams, protocols, documents and fragments was: RE: Document s and Document Fragments (Was RE: XML Information Set Requirements, W3C N ote 18-February-1999)

Mark Birbeck Mark.Birbeck at
Wed Feb 24 21:38:00 GMT 1999

James Tauber wrote:
> Mark, what are your views on the W3C's activity on XML 
> Fragments? Do I infer
> correctly that you disagree with the need?

Not at all James - I just think that different things become issues at
different levels. I believe that everything we need to get (logical)
documents out of a database, or from a file, to a parser, where - as you
rightly corrected my previous post - that document becomes a 'physical'
document, is already in XML 1.0.

i.e., file -> parser, or database -> stream -> parser, or whatever other
things people come up with.

BUT, once you're 'inside' the parser, other issues arise - linking,
filtering, fragments, etc. I think it's important to keep the layers
separate to ensure the purity of XML as effectively an 'interface'.


PS Sorry for the delay. This has been sitting here for a day - I didn't
press SEND!

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