About XML document linkage and Schemas.

Mark Birbeck Mark.Birbeck at iedigital.net
Sun Nov 28 16:45:26 GMT 1999

Didier PH Martin wrote:
> So, for an XML citizen, to be valid is too restrictive. this 
> is why maybe,
> most of these citizen are choosing to be only "well formed"

Although my point mentioned validity it wasn't about validity. I was
more emphasising that to encourage the re-use of the data - say an
article - you didn't want the meta data within the data. I have my view
of what meta data I need for an article, but you might have your view
for different purposes.

I made similar points recently - maybe on this list or another XML one -
when people were discussing how to mark up poems with two lots of info -
some relating to the structure, such as lines and words, and some
relating to the content, such as metaphors. I said keep the poem intact
and refer to it from a meta data package - that way two the meta data
packages can refer to the same data. If you put the reference to the
meta data into the data itself, then as far as I am concerned it is no
longer meta data - because you have made it an integral part of the



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