XML Inclusions (XInclude)

The W3C‘s XML Inclusions standard has just reached Proposed Recommendation status.

This document specifies a processing model and syntax for general purpose inclusion. Inclusion is accomplished by merging a number of XML information sets into a single composite infoset. Specification of the XML documents (infosets) to be merged and control over the merging process is expressed in XML-friendly syntax (elements, attributes, URI references).

This seems really like our overlay mechanism, but a bit more complicated. The listed authors are two guys, one at Microsoft and the other at BEA Systems. Does anyone know if any Mozilla people were involved?

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  1. Would be an interesting idea to start using this on RSS feeds. If the main rss file was just a set of pointers to the actual data in separate files, RSS feeds could use much less bandwidth than they currently do – even for people using static files for their RSS.