Re: XML Information Set Requirements, W3C Note 18-February-1999
From: Paul Prescod <paul@p...> >I'm not glum. It just is not the mandate of the infoset group to invent >new purposes for XML. The infoset group is exactly like a supreme court >interpreting -- but not changing -- the constitution, which in this case >is the XML specification. The terminology used in the XML specification is >"document". Therefore that should be the terminology used by the infoset >people. > >As far as a "document focus" being limiting: XML's current popularity in >all sorts of fields indicates that that is not the case. If you take a >database and encode it for transmission over a wire then you have a >document. If you encode a message from one computer to another then you >also have a document. I don't see this view as in any way limiting XML's >problem domain. The issue here isn't a matter of inventing new purposes for XML. The issue is more a matter of recognizing what is happening. API like SAX and SAXON appear to have broad applicability beyond applications where everything needs to be read into memory. It isn't just streams, but very large documents too. The W3C's DOM and XSL are far too expensive (and even unnecessary!) for the majority of XML's applications. The real advantage of considering streams is that you are also accommodating very large documents as well. This is an important consideration for the majority of the XML community as it exists today. Things like DOM and XSL and Coins all have their place. But SAX and SAXON and MDSAX are probably more important. You will observe that SAXON 4.0 makes it easy to use DOM as needed, providing good integration between DOM and non-DOM processing. The same is happening with MDSAX/Coins. I think the request here is that the W3C simply give some consideration for large document and stream processing. Not doing so could create real problems for the entire industry. Bill 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/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 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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