RE: [newsml-2] NAR WP conf call short notes, 13/12
Two pedantic comments:
- Readers in North America will have figured out that 13/12 doesn't
mean the 12th day of the 13th month, as there are only 12 months
(unless you use a lunar calendar, of course). To avoid confusion
in January (eg 3/1), I suggest we use ISO dates (eg 2005-01-03)
or name the month (eg Jan 3).
- Re our "bi-weekly conference-call", I see that "Bi-weekly can mean
either 'every other week' or 'twice a week'. The same problem
arises with bi-monthly. The only way to avoid the ambiguity is
not to use the words at all." 
PS: The NAR WP holds two conference calls per week.
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Sent: 14 December 2005 13:20
Subject: [newsml-2] NAR WP conf call short notes, 13/12
Dear (future) NewsML2 users,
As you may know, the IPTC NewsML 2 Architecture Working Party (NAR WP in short)
works hard to solve a number of details on the upcoming NewsML2 standard. In
particular, a bi-weekly conference-call allows us to make rapid decisions on
different open issues.
I will periodically send to this list a summary of the issues solved in the WP.
1/ Labels: headlines and descriptions are 'labels'. Usually their content is
plain text. But power users need some inline markup (especially line breaks,
hyperlinks and semantic markup). We have chosen to use a subset of XHTML as
markup. The xml content of a label will therefore be constrained - at least for
the experimentation period - to elements declared in the namespace
http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml (shared by XHTML1.0 and XHTML1.1).
The tech spec  shows the modules we accept as label content. We will decide
at a later point if we use a subset of XHTML1.0, 1.1 or 2.0, or if we extract
some elements from XHTML and re-define them in the newsml: namespace.
2/ genre/bag: it is not indicated in the current spec, but only one <bag> can be
found in a <genre>.
3/ news content characteristics: the <characteristics> element may be used as
sub-element of a link (e.g. in a package), when the target of the link is a
news-item, in order to allow the newsml processor to process hints about the
target item (e.g. in order to follow or not a link depending on the height and
width of a picture).
This element is currently defined in the newsml: namespace, but has a datatype
defined in the news-item schema. Its definition will be moved to the news:
namespace (in the news-item schema).
Note: It will be considered as an extension element in a link, and won’t be
directly validated by the xml schema.
4/ xs:any models: processContent will be set to 'lax' (MAY be validated) on all
xs:any models in the schemas. The capability to optionally validate such content
makes sense, especially for ds:Signature and news:directContent.
5/ a new management property called <instanceOf> (optional, multiple) will be
-> Instance Of Relationships: an indication that this Item is an instance of the
specified recurring report (also known as a fixture).
The next NewsML2 public drafts will reflect these decisions.
Laurent Le Meur
IPTC NAR WP chair
AFP Medialab, manager
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