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Querying XML by Stephen Buxton, Jim Melton

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Chapter 17

Internationalization: Putting the “W” in “WWW”

17.1 Introduction

The organization that developed the XML standard,1 the namespaces standard, XML Schema, XSLT, and XQuery is named “World Wide Web Consortium.” A great deal of emphasis has been, and continues to be, given to the first words: World Wide. The Director of the W3C, Tim Berners-Lee, is adamant, as is the entire staff, that the scope of the web must be world wide. As a result, the policies and practices of the W3C demand that the Recommendations developed by its Working Groups be written in a way that serves the entire world, not merely Americans and Western Europeans.

One of the most important consequences of those policies and practices is that the specifications written ...

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