Re: Must XML be SGML compatible? (Was: An incompatible CData idea)
My argument for keeping XML a subset of SGML goes like this: Are you happy with the process for developing and improving HTML? Do you feel that the results are of high quality? Do you think that you've had sufficient input? How much would it cost you to have input comparable to, say, Netscape? In order to influence ISO standards you need only be recognized as an expert in your country. Unless your country is an ogliarchy or dictatorship, this will cost you very little or nothing at all (monetarily). Of course you will have a much more substantial impact on the development of SGML if you can afford to fly to the meetings (which is also the case with W3C meetings) but as I understand it (speaking only for myself, with imperfect knowledge), even sitting on your butt in your living room you can vote on ISO proposals if your national body allows it. To their great credit, W3C does not claim to be a standards body. I can't speak for the W3C staff, but were I in their shoes I would be glad to have the moral weight of ISO protecting us from the shenanigans of the past (can anybody say "FRAME"?). The language that we use to encode humanity's knowledge should be a true standard and not merely a "recommendation." That means that it should be built upon our democratic institutions and not vendor consortiums. Paul Prescod xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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