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Subject: Ambiguity of [xml-names] reference

This comment applies to 
OpenDocument-v1.2-draft7-5-xref.odt, Appendix B,
OpenDocument-v1.1-cs1.odt/.pdf, Appendix B,
OpenDocument-v1.0ed2-cs1.odt/.pdf, Appendix B,


The bibliographic citation for [xml-names] is ambiguous:

    [xml-names] Tim Bray, Dave Hollander, Andrew Layman.
     Namespaces in XML, http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml-names/
     W3C, 1999.

a) The text (authors, year) is for a specific version of the specification.
b) The URL is the one used for the latest version, which is now different.


Refer to a specific edition of the XML Namespaces specification, to avoid any possible confusion over differences that might impact usage for ODF.

Option 1:

   [xml-names] Tim Bray, Dave Hollander, Andrew Layman.
    Namespaces in XML, World Wide Web Consortium 14 January 1999

    This has the advantage of being the edition that applied at the time of ODF 1.0 introduction.

Option 2:

   [xml-names] Time Bray, Dave Hollander, Andrew Layman, Richard Tobin.
    Namespaces in XML (Second Edition), W3C Recommendation 16 August 2006

    This edition is described as superseding its predecessor.

    This edition has the advantage that the non-normative appendix on Internal Structure of XML Namespaces has been removed.  Although I doubt that there are any differences between Namespaces Second Edition and the earlier ones that impact ODF, I am not conversant enough with ODF to be certain of that.  If there is any doubt, Option 1 is the safe bet.

I am assuming that there is no interest in relying on Namespaces in XML 1.1 (Second Edition) which is upward compatible but allows breaking down-level changes.

 - Dennis

Dennis E. Hamilton
NuovoDoc: Design for Document System Interoperability 
mailto:Dennis.Hamilton@acm.org | gsm:+1-206.779.9430 
http://NuovoDoc.com http://ODMA.info/dev/ http://nfoWorks.org 

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