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Steven R. Newcomb srn at
Thu Mar 18 05:31:11 GMT 1999

[John Cowan:]

> Steven R. Newcomb wrote:
> > As for values of default attributes, the SGML Property Set allows the
> > API not only to report the defaulted value, but also the
> > fact that it was defaulted.
> Where can I lay my hands on this property set in intelligible
> form?

At its currently-most-intelligible, it can be found at:

It's still not as intelligible as one might like, unfortunately, but
it's a hell of lot more human-accessible than the formal code from
which it was prepared, which can be found at

> > Indeed, one can tell exactly what was
> > explicitly in the document, and what was supplied at parse time.  I
> > hope and believe that the "XML Infoset" committee will come up with an
> > information set that will be equally revealing in this respect.

> You may well hope.  Are you by chance an invited expert?

I am merely a well-wisher, but that's at least as much because I'm
focused on other stuff (Topic Maps, for example) as because I wasn't
invited.  I have huge respect for David Megginson, so I'm very
optimistic about the outcome.  I gather that there is an open comment
period with respect to an Infoset draft (or perhaps a requirements
draft) that is either in progress or is about to occur, and I'm
frankly frustrated that I can't take the time to pay it the attention
that it so richly deserves.  I can't imagine anything more vital and
fundamental to the longterm future of every aspect of XML than the
work of this particular committee.


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