URIs for features (was Re: SAX RFD: ModSAX Predefined Features)

James Tauber jtauber at jtauber.com
Mon Mar 8 15:26:24 GMT 1999

>...and RDF [1]. Giving interesting entities URIs makes them more
>fully a part of the Web, and means we can take advantage of
>URI-oriented metadata. Eg. you might search a software database for
>resources that were of type 'Perl Module' and that implemented the
>feature  known as 'http://xml.org/sax/features/validation'. (There's
>already a Linux Packages Database[2] along similar lines...). I'm not
>claiming that this would be impossible using the Java naming scheme,
>just that a Web oriented approach might make it easier to do certain

I wonder if this could be extended to more general features of XML software,
not just SAX parsers. I wouldn't mind trying this out with XMLSOFTWARE.COM

One of the problems that I have is with a canonical form of feature values
for XML software like platform. URIs might provide just the solution. A Java
2 XSL processor conforming to the WD-xsl from 16th December 1998 might be
specified in terms of http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.2/ and

Actually, now that I think of it, we already have namespaces for content.
They are called notations. There seems to be some link here.


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