Re: SGML, XML and SML
Dan Brickley wrote: > > I was being slightly tongue-in-cheek, but the combination of Paul > Prescod's msg (which I replied to) and previous SML advocacy seemed to > be heading in this direction. In other words, that for many > data-oriented applications, XML's document-oriented heritage makes it > sometimes challenging to use. I'm far from convinced that a return to > s-expressions, or the creation of a trivial subset (SML), would be > useful right now. There are enough X** specifications and applications > around already to make it a nightmare for non XML-obsessed developers > trying to figure out how the various piecese of the puzzle > inter-relate. Inventing a new subset syntax would make it even hard to > present a coherent picture... Well they are two different proposals with different (even opposite!) strengths and weaknesses. Let's try it this way: RDF is hardly taking over the world today. I claim that that confusion stems primarily from several factors, but at least one of them is syntax. The syntax is brutally complex because it reintroduces minimization hacks like the ones XML took out of SGML. Without the minimization hacks, the syntax is verbose and hard to read. RDF on SML would make this problem worse, not better. Removing features from XML can't make RDF's XML representation more natural. A new syntax, developed from scratch could of course make RDF more natural. Semantics: * why does a language for describing assertion DAGs have to be used for "metadata"? does using it for something make that something "metadata"? Interactions: * what's the relationship with XLink... * ...XML Schemas... * ...XHTML Meta tags... -- Paul Prescod - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for himself It's such a Bore Being always Poor LANGSTON HUGHES http://www.northshore.net/homepages/hope/engHughes.html 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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