RE: Feeling good about SML
Mark Birbeck wrote: >Anyway, I do think we should aim up not down; rather than trying to >throw away stuff which is of fundamental significance, let's develop >things that make those important techniques easier to take >advantage of. It seems that everyone is already shooting up and we are seeing too many standards raining down on us to even keep track of, let alone read. Fundamental significance is questionable IMHO. I can't remember the last time I used notations. I fear that there are more hairy standards and pseudo standards coming down the pike that depends on PI, notations, DTD, etc. One example is DT4DTD which uses notations heavily for datatype constraints. Why not use elements and attributes instead of using legacy mechanisms like PI, entities, notations, DTD, etc? XML style sheet association, for example, uses PI because "use of a processing instruction avoids polluting the main document structure with application specific processing information." Same reasoning forced the XML Namespace spec to use the 'xmlns' attribute because attributes are useful for 'out-of-band' information. Without it, we could have just used an element to declare namespaces. The concept of 'sacred main document structure' is a legacy of the SGML world. IMHO, it is a bad concept that encourages convoluted workaround solutions. SML will encourage people to break from the concept by taking away the cumbersome alternatives. Best, Don Park - mailto:donpark@d... Docuverse - http://www.docuverse.com 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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