Packaging and hub documents

Ronald Bourret rbourret at
Mon Jun 14 20:42:10 BST 1999

David Megginson writes:

> Tim Bray writes:
> > It is becoming painfully obvious that we need a general-purpose 
> > packaging mechanism to deliver an arbitrary number of related 
> > whatevers along with a piece of XML payload.  There has been a lot
> > of discussion about this around the W3C.  It may be the case that
> > multipart-mime provides a general solution for this problem (don't
> > understand it well enough myself to have an opinion), or perhaps
> > we need an XML Packaging Language to use for this purpose. -Tim
> To start with, we need a hub document -- RDF would do:
>    [example snipped]
> A client could download the hub first, then decide what else it needs.

You might also look at Simon St. Laurent's XML Processing Description Language (XPDL):

It doesn't do everything Tim mentions, but it's a start.

-- Ron Bourret

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