At 18:06 25/04/98 -0700, Don Park wrote: >Hello, > >It is my opinion that further discussion on the topic is unnecessary and >even harmful to the sanity of Peter the Great, Czar of Listmania. [the sanity] disappeared a long time ago. "grey-hairs ... a jester and a fool". I have (as I said) only once suggested a discussion was off-course - a decision from which I have acquired wisdom. The current discussions are focussed and valuable. [I will write further about the original motives of XML-DEV, but like all web institutions they evolve.]. In general I only post LISTRIVIA to comment on the heat of some postings (only twice) and on redundant byte-count (frequently). [For any newcomers and those who may have forgotten the communal discipline: - use quoting carefully, and review it to make sure that there is nothing extraneous. - always avoid copying: - the whole of the last message(s) - the XML-DEV sig - always avoid replying to the original poster as well as to the list. ] Both the process and the discussion on ontologies/inheritance represent the problems we are currently facing and IMO are fully appropriate. When XML-DEV started there were essentially no implementations of XML and it was my concern that it would be very easy to discuss complex issues (like the current ones) while neglecting the immediate need to make sure that simple XML actually worked. I have always been keen to see 'semantics' addressed here, since I have felt that it would be a major challenge for the XML community. One aspect (which some of us use 'semantics' for) was how the spec should be interpreted in software. SAX has helped us avoid the first level of problems here, and I hope we can do the same with the next generation of issues (e.g. XLink, where I would very much like to see a generic approach.) PaulP's comment - about the spec only formally requiring whitespace to be passed - shows the sort of hidden assumptions that are inevitable when writing specs (I do not believe that a spec could usefully be written without prose). P. Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic net connection VSMS http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vsms, Virtual Hyperglossary http://www.venus.co.uk/vhg 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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