> > Yes, and thinking about those requests and acting on a good number of
> > them would be an excellent thing for the TEI to do.
>but not at the whim of the editors this week. its a job that should be
>done by a working group commissioned by the technical council.
But Lou did put it to a vote! Are you saying, Sebastian, that he should not
have that discretion with P4, and that P4 should exactly mirror P3 even
with respect to such inconsistencies as this, or even more egregious errors?
(Can I be a fence-sitter?) Yes, Syd, you can (as long as we're voting)
change me to #4.
But Sebastian's position, plus the altogether reasonable responses to it
(yours and Karl's), suggests to me that we need clarification as to what
P4's requirements really are, and which, if any, are absolute. Is P4 or
ain't it a place to fix "errors", as Lou has implicitly suggested it should
be, *even* when their correction threatens (in this small way) the stated
goal of backwards compatibility with respect to models?
If it is, it seems to me the poll is appropriate, addressing questions both
of whether this is an error, and if so, what we think the best fix is.
Note that so far we haven't heard a CDATA vote (have we?) from anyone whose
data would actually be affected by making all 'resp' attributes IDREF.
These are the stakeholders we should be concerned with.
So on balance, I vote for #4 (parameter entity fix), with the proviso that
whether the default setting be IDREF or CDATA (either is fine with me; I'm
now leaning to IDREF ... presumably folks moving from P3 to P4 will be
massaging data anyway, won't they? this should encourage them to return to
their header ;-), it be documented with the overriding parameter entity
declaration provided as an explicit "this is how you do it"....
I now see Sebastian's point as a meta-issue, as to whether the goals of P4
gives the editors discretion in such matters, and so whether we should even
be voting at all.
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