Re: Feeler for SML (Simple Markup Language)
At 05:48 AM 11/11/99 -0800, you wrote: >Everyone, > >I have been thinking that there are applications out there that >can benefit from using XML yet donot need all of its features. >The Canonical XML spec goes quite a distance in cutting away >some of the features, for different purpose, but I still feel >that more can be cut away. Rick Jelliffe's rather funny >message along with some WebDAV papers I read over the weekend >got my mind buzzing enough for me to share this idea with the >rest of XML-DEV. > >What I have in mind is a subset of XML, I'll call it Simple >(or Stupid) Markup Language (SML) for now, that simplifies XML >down to the bare essentials. Ideally, it should also be a >subset of Canonical XML. Here are some ideas: > >o No Attributes (ouch!) >o No PI, Comments, Notations, or CDATA sections >o No document type declaration >o UTF-8 encoding only >o No non-character entity references >o No predefined character entities (I am iffy on this one) > >What do you guys think? Please do not get caught up with >the list I presented above because they are just ideas and >subject to change later depending on your capacity to scream >convincingly. The key point to consider is whether there is >a broad enough need for such a subset of XML. > >Best, OK, enough lurking. I would like to pick this thread back up from the beginning and restart the discussion with a call for opinions from another crowd who seem (to me) conspicuously missing from the discussion. Are there any other lurkers in this group who have interest in the HDML->WML->XML=SML story? i.e. XML from the point of view of a very small systems (embedded) perspective. I think the SGML->XML crowd has pretty well stated their reasons for disliking SML. My own opinion is this. SML will happen (perhaps as WML, perhaps as many SMLs, a 1000 flowers bloom) as a de facto reality in arenas where fast product time to market and young engineers dominate the scene. As for lots of users. Ha! The largest cell phone community is already China with 25 Million users (UTF-8???). So the SML question they pose, while very different from the SGML world of woe and complexity, is perhaps of some importance. Is the overlap into the XML world worth pursuing or should the WML world just go its own way? Comments? Bob La Quey Bob La Quey 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 unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe 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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