IRC log of xproc on 2006-11-09

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15:58:32 [Norm]
Meeting: XML Processing Model WG
15:58:32 [Norm]
Date: 9 Nov 2006
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Meeting: 43
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Chair: Norm
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Scribe: Norm
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ScribeNick: Norm
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XML_PMWG()11:00AM has now started
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Zakim, [IP is me
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+rlopes; got it
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zakim, please call ht-781
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ok, ht; the call is being made
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Zakim, [IP is Alessandro
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+Alessandro; got it
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zakim, who's making noise?
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Norm, listening for 10 seconds I heard sound from the following: 6 (0%)
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Zakim, what is the code ?
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the conference code is 97762 (tel:+1.617.761.6200), MoZ
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zakim, mute Alessandro
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Alessandro should now be muted
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zakim, mute ht
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Ht should now be muted
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zakim, unmute Alessandro
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Alessandro should no longer be muted
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zakim, unmute ht
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Ht should no longer be muted
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zakim, hang up ht
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I don't understand 'hang up ht', ht
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zakim, please call MSM-Office
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ok, MSM; the call is being made
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zakim, hang up ht.
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I don't understand 'hang up ht', ht
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zakim, ? is me
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+richard; got it
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zakim, disconnect ht
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Ht is being disconnected
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zakim, who's on the phone?
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On the phone I see Norm, Alex_Milowski, PGrosso, rlopes, Alessandro, MSM, richard
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zakim, please call ht-781
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ok, ht; the call is being made
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zakim, who is making noise?
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MSM, listening for 10 seconds I heard sound from the following: Norm (24%)
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funny, I'm not hearing anything
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better now?
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zakim, mute ht
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Ht should now be muted
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zakim, unmute ht
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Ht should no longer be muted
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zakim, please call ht-781
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ok, ht; the call is being made
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zakim, please call ht-work
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ok, ht; the call is being made
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zakim, who's on the phone?
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On the phone I see Norm, Alex_Milowski, PGrosso, rlopes, Alessandro, MSM, richard, Ht, ??P28
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Zakim, ?? is me
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+MoZ; got it
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Present: Norm, Alex, Paul, Rui, Alessandro, Michael, Richard, Henry, Mohamed
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Regrets: Andrew
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Topic: Accept this agenda?
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Present: Norm, Alex, Paul, Rui, Alessandro, Michael, Richard, Henry, Mohamed, Murray
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Topic: Accept minutes from the previous meeting?
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Topic: Next meeting: telcon 16 Nov 2006
16:08:09 [Norm]
Michael possible regrets for 16 Nov
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Topic: Technical agenda
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Norm: The question of declare-* or not is the first big issue
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Norm: Any strong feelings?
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Henry: I liked the idea in the XML representation of XML Schema that we used the same element types for both declaring and referencing elements, attributes and a few other things.
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...In general, I have not found that to be a source of confusion, but it is occasionally critizised.
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...But I thought it was a good idea to keep them separate in our language.
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Richard: I say get rid of them.
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...The divison between them doesn't seem to line up neatly enough. Sometimes declare means declare-and-use so there's no advantage in being explicit about it.
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Henry: That's not true of parameters.
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...It's always the case that a given locus with respect to parameters is either a declaration or a binding, never both.
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Norm: In the case where your assigning defaults, it looks exactly like declare-and-use
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Henry: I'm not sure I see it that way, but I understand how you might.
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Henry: Is there value in keeping the distinction for parameter but not input/output?
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Michael: Can someone type an example?
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Uhm. no.
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Norm: The input element both declares the existence of a port named "chap" and binds it to the given URI.
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We need more examples.
16:15:52 [MSM]
when you speak of a port named "chapter", do you mean a port named "chap" ?
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Henry: That's not quite right, viewport does more than that. But we tried hard to fix that in Ontario and didn't find a better proposal.
16:16:06 [MSM]
I don't see anything that looks like it's declaring a port named "chapter"
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Yes, I meant to say "chap"
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Micheal: It's not really a reference, it's an initializer.
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Richard: You're right. It's assignment.
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16:20:12 [ht]
HST maintains that these things are a blend of input (source/href attrs) and declare-output (name attr)
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Micheal: It seems to me that this mixture could lead an outside observer to believe that we don't have our fundamental notions well understood.
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Henry: That's where we were in Ontario where we did finally get the semantics clear and agreed there were two things going on plus some special meanings, but that syntactically, it was obnoxious to have different bits of syntax to bear the different notions.
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Micheal: I'm not understanding the distinctions.
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Richard: The distinctions are in the attribute names and not in the element names.
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...It seems really strange to distinguish three cases with two different elements.
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HST agrees with richard -- name= establishes something input ports can bind to, source/href/etc. bind to a document source
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...What we have now seems neither rigerous nor convenient.
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Norm: I've heard some support for removing the declare-* forms, some "concurs", and no opposition.
16:23:43 [MSM]
[My instinct is that when things are semantically distinct they should have different GIs.
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If that means we end up with a cumbersome syntax, then it sometimes means we aren't defining the right abtractions.
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Norm: Shall we go with a draft that does not have the declare-* forms for publication on 17 November?
16:24:43 [MSM]
And sometimes it doesn't. I am not sure which class of case this is.]
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s/Shall we/We shall/
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Norm: Any other issues that people feel must bee resolved before publication?
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None heard.
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Norm: Alex published a list of components this morning but it's unlikely that we'll have time to review them. Does anyone object to leaving them out of the 17 Nov draft?
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Mohamed: I think we should put some of them in.
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Murray: Would it be reasonable to produce a companion note that we can work on in parallel?
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Norm: No, I don't think that's practical.
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Richard: Looking through Alex's list, it appears that some are obviously good and some that need more discussion.
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...I think it would be good to put the most uncontroversial ones into the draft.
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Henry: I nominate 1.1 through 1.6 with one change.
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...The change being that the XSLT component should be clear about what version of XSLT.
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Norm: What about 1.7?
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Henry: No, that raises security issues.
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Alex: That's no different from the endpoints of a pipeline.
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Henry: Yes it is, they're outside the spec.
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Murray: I don't think we need firm agreement before we put something in the draft.
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...I think we should include it all if we're going to put it in.
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Richard: I'm not sure I agree.
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...When we put the WD out, we want to really direct attention to the core of it.
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Richard: What about serialize and parse?
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Alex: Yes, we've talked about them, but those are probably somewhat controversial.
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Murray: There's a middle ground, include an editorial note to say which are firmer and which are softer.
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Norm: Proposal: we incorporate 1.1-1.6 in the 17 November draft.
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Murray: Point of order: Alex provided the whole list.
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Murray: why are we rejecting the whole list?
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Henry: I don't have any objection at all.
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The scribe considers how to deal with this
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Proposal: Include section 1 of Alex's component list in the 17 November draft.
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Proposal: Include section 2 of Alex's component list in the 17 November draft.
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Henry, Mohamed, Richard, object. Rejected.
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Proposal: Include section 3 of Alex's component list in the 17 November draft.
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Henry objects.
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Richard: It has some value in that it shows quite different kinds of components.
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Henry withdraws his objection.
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Proposal: Include all of Alex's component list in the 17 November draft.
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Henry objects.
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Alex: What's wrong with section 2?
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Richard: Section 1 has obvious things, section 3 has fairly straightforward things that are somewhat different, but section 2 has some controversial things.
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Mohamed: I suggest that we add 2.3.
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Norm: The chair would prefer not to address individual cases for 17 Nov
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Henry: What about parameters
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Henry: I'm not sure about Jeni's most recent post, but I think it should be possible to refer to parameters from other parameters.
16:44:07 [Norm]
...Is it obvious that we can do that, and how?
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Alex: It's not clear, but you do the $-thing.
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Norm: I think that it's unclear, but that we did address it.
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Henry: I'd like to encourage the editor to say something about that in the 17 Nov draft.
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Alex: What about references to parameters declared on the same component?
16:45:29 [Norm]
Henry: I'd like to be able to make $x the default value for $y.
16:48:08 [Norm]
Norm proposes to deliver a new working draft by close-of-business (EST) on Tuesday that will be published on 17 November. Unless someone objects on the 16 Nov call, that draft will be published.
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Topic: Any other business?
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zakim, who's on the phone?
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On the phone I see Norm, Alex_Milowski, Murray_Maloney
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XML_PMWG()11:00AM has ended
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Attendees were Norm, Alex_Milowski, [IPcaller], rlopes, PGrosso, Ht, Alessandro, MSM, richard, MoZ, Murray_Maloney
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rrsagent, please make logs world-visible
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rrsagent, please draft minutes
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I have made the request to generate Norm
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true or false?
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18:55:26 [MSM]
at the time of the dir decision call, (wiseguy), every spec which will ultimately be published at
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will be at
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18:56:43 [Norm]
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They're all there now, in fact, in various stages of pubrules cleanliness
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OK. Updating draft transition request which was pointing at xsl-query-specs
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sorry to be so slow
18:58:13 [Norm]
no worries. not like I'm not busy :-)
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Are there .htaccess files in these directories to make the directory name select Overview.html ?
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a: yes.
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at least for data model
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Norm, they're mostly there to get the encodings right
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I think Overview.html is the site-wide default
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Norm, are all Status sections currently identical?
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or should I proofread. Each. One. In. Di. Vidually.
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I can't swear to it, the editor's were supposed to copy what Jim sent
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Each. One. In. Di. Vidually, I fear.
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Personally, my concern for the status sections begins and ends wiht whether or not pubrules complains. I never read them.
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Paul Cotton used to. Jim and Andrew...sometimes do.
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And about the hail and locusts: Hey, Pal! Mine says what Jim said to say. What else do you want? :-)
19:20:33 [MSM]
OK, I'll call off the order for your distict.
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assuming, of course, that it went Democratic.
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of course, I should be careful - dunno what my neighbors did on the close races here.
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or race: the only real contest in my precinct was for commissioner of public lands. unfortunately, the oil/gas industry guy won.
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Democratic across the board, I think, but I haven't checked
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We got a democratic gov'n again though
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Norm, question about XSLT.
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The copy at
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has a status section different from what I have in the draft transition request,
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which I copied from email from Mike Kay (I think).
19:34:04 [Norm]
Rain down hail and locusts on the UK, I guess. I haven't touched that since Mike delivered it.
19:34:13 [MSM]
What do you know about the state of that doc?
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when did he deliver this?
19:34:40 [Norm]
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seems to be 7 Nov, at least in this dir
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but that was probably you generating it ...
19:36:04 [Norm]
Mike last checked it in on 31 Oct
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I assume he did what he was supposed to.
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19:36:24 [Norm]
Welcome to my world.
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hail, locusts
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excessive fog
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no wait, that last is just normal UK november ...
19:36:49 [Norm]
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you don't touch it, but there's a crank you can turn to regenerate?
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i.e. shall I edit the XML
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or do we have to go through MK?
19:38:58 [Norm]
Oh, and to MSM too :-)
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Edit the XML
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If you've got ant, you should be able to build it yourself with "ant all"
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Norm, you own the status sections, edit at will, that's my feeling
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OK, it's clear from my mail logs that MK has been revising the status section since sending a draft to the WG on 13 Oct.
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So at least I know which one to work from.
19:57:18 [Norm]
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Sorry, was distracted.
20:02:22 [MSM]
But the transition request can/will say "subject to pub-rules-related changes", so I won't change it yet
20:02:54 [Norm]
It will collide, please change it back.
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That's got to be verbatim.
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Norm, I'm puzzled.
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I was expecting that you would have some external file with a load of entity declarations for things like the close-of-comments date, so you coudl change it in one place and propagate the change everywhere.
22:19:42 [MSM]
Is it unworkable when there are so many different editors with varying skill sets?
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or do you have religious scruples about general entities?
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[ignore me, empty badinage]
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norm, i'm worried.
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XPathXQuery.xml in UTF8, I think, with ^M at ends of lines.
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I'm not sure whether my emacs is going to cope well.
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Be forewarned.
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Norm, now checking in all sources ...