Re: Merging combining classes, was: New contribution N2676

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Oct 29 2003 - 17:07:06 CST

Peter Kirk scripsit:

> [A process] must
> interpret a non-normalised variant in the same way as the normalised
> form; and it cannot assume that the process presenting the data makes a
> distinction between the normalised and non-normalised form and does not
> reorder the data into an arbitrary canonically equivalent form. This
> renders superfluous any guarantees of the stability of normalisation,
> for processes which require normalised data must perform their own
> normalisation each time they read data.

Not necessarily. A process may check its input for normalization and
reject it if it is not normalized, and XML consumers are encouraged
(not required) to do so.

John Cowan
"In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side by side
with the giants on whose shoulders we stand."
        --Gerald Holton

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