XFM (or something similar)

Sean McGrath digitome at iol.ie
Tue Nov 30 19:19:59 GMT 1999


Some time ago, as part of the SML discussions an idea
was mooted that some sort of standard notation describing
how XML parsers differ, would be useful. For want of a better
name it was called XFM - XML Features Manifest. (The obvious
name for us SGML crusty types would be "XML Declaration" but
that name is taken.).

The idea is that parser writers and document creators
would have a notation to use to describe their
tools/documents and thus
	1) improve interoperability
	2) Make it easier to compare/select tools

For example, a non-validating XML parser have an XFM
that specified things like:
	0) DTD Awareness
	1) Expansion of external entites
	2) Enforcement of Unicode name rules
	3) character set support
	yada, yada	

Do xml-dev'ers think XFM is a good idea?

If so, in order not to clutter up this list, send
me the things you would like to see in XFM. I will
pull'em together and report back to XML-DEV with
an ordered list.

If not, lets meet in the bar at XML'99 anyway. Any
excuse will do:-)

Please put "XFM:" in the title of your e-mails.

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